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Hodge urges judges and lawyers to improve “scientific literacy” to understand expert evidence

Lord Hodge

A Supreme Court justice has called for judges and lawyers to improve their “scientific literacy” to ensure they did their job effectively in cases involving expert evidence. Lord Hodge also reassured experts that courts do not presume them to be “hired guns” who allow their instructing solicitors to call the tune.

October 19th, 2017

District judge takes claim for whistleblower protection to Court of Appeal

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A district judge who claims she was denied protection as a whistleblower when raising her concerns to the Ministry of Justice about the detrimental impact of austerity on the courts, takes her case to the Court of Appeal today. Public Concern at Work, a whistleblowing charity and legal advice centre, has been allowed to intervene in the case

October 18th, 2017

“ADR is failing” says Civil Justice Council but compulsion is not yet the answer

Sir Terence Etherton

The Woolf reforms have failed to embed alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a major report by the Civil Justice Council said today, but it stopped short of calling for the introduction of compulsory ADR. However, a minority of members on the expert working group behind the report did back compulsion.

October 17th, 2017

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Hands up who knows what litigation financiers sell?

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If your answer was ‘money’, you would be correct but sadly out of step with the prevailing thinking. If, however, you asked some other litigation financiers the same question, you would very likely receive answers like ‘project management skills’, or ‘an experienced litigation partner’. Whilst none of these answers are wrong per se, they do rather miss the point of why lawyers and clients engage with funders. Experienced and successful litigators do not want the views of litigation financiers on how to project manage their litigation – they want access to their cash pure and simple.

October 19th, 2017

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