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Brexit will have “beneficial effect” on arbitration, Lord Chief Justice predicts

There is a “strong case” that Brexit will have a “beneficial effect” on arbitration in England and Wales, the Lord Chief Justice has predicted. Lord Thomas said it was “quite wrong” to suggest that Brexit made the law of the UK uncertain, and argued that it “will have no effect on London’s key strengths”.

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High Court overturns costs judge ruling that holiday claimants should have used ABTA mediation scheme

Claimants who litigate instead of using an available ADR scheme are not automatically acting unreasonably, the High Court has ruled. It overturned a costs judge’s decision that holiday claimants should have used the Association of British Travel Agents’ mediation scheme rather than litigate.

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Tim Wallis

NHSLA includes costs specialists on first mediation panel

The NHS Litigation Authority has included a specialist costs service among the three providers named on its first mediation panel, which began work today. The two-year contracts were said to be worth £160,000 in total during the procurement exercise.

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Replace judges with neutral facilitators to handle major personal injury cases, says QC

A leading personal injury QC has held “board-level discussions” with claimant and defendant law firms and major insurers about his idea to replace the courts’ involvement in catastrophic personal injury claims with that of a neutral facilitator.

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Helen Vernon NHSLA

NHSLA set to launch formal mediation panel for injury and costs claims

The NHS Litigation Authority has launched a procurement exercise for its first mediation panel, which will look to resolve claims for personal injury and clinical negligence and those arising from claims for legal costs.

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Holiday claimants should have used ABTA mediation scheme, says judge as she slashes costs

It was neither reasonable nor proportionate for a group of claimants to spend £456,000 in base costs alone on litigating holiday claims that could have been dealt with far more cheaply by the mediation scheme run by the Association of British Travel Agents, a costs judge has decided.

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Karl Mackie

CEDR in international arbitration push after transatlantic link-up

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution is to push international arbitration after signing a collaboration agreement with the New York-based International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

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Defendant penalised after “unreasonably” refusing to mediate costs dispute

Newspaper group Mirror Group Newspapers has been hit with indemnity costs after the Senior Costs Judge ruled that it had unreasonably failed to engage in efforts to use alternative dispute resolution instead of going to detailed assessment.

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