Successful defendant penalised in costs for ADR failure

The High Court has penalised a successful party for refusing to engage in alternative dispute resolution, saying it had brought the litigation on itself as a result.

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ABI/ACSO deal aims to keep medicals and rehab going

Insurers, law firms and suppliers have agreed a ‘statement of intent’ to keep non-MedCo medical examinations and rehabilitation going remotely during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Top judges urge “breathing space” over contract breaches

A group including leading judges has suggested introducing a “breathing space” so that contractual breaches arising from the coronavirus crisis are conciliated to avoid the courts being overwhelmed.

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Ex-Law Society chief to head arbitration body

One-time Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon has been named the new director general of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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High Court judges order indemnity costs over ADR failures

The courts are getting harder on parties who fail to follow directions to try alternative dispute resolution, with judges imposing indemnity costs in two cases in recent weeks.

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Leading set launches remote costs ADR service

Leading costs set 4 New Square has launched a virtual costs ADR service, providing neutral evaluations, binding expert determinations and/or assessments on a fixed-fee basis.

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JUSTICE outlines new approach to resolving housing disputes

A new comprehensive housing disputes service to break with the past and streamline access to dispute resolution, with a heavy reliance on ADR, has been proposed by campaign group JUSTICE.

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Master sets out guidance on early neutral evaluation in QBD

Master Victoria McCloud has issued guidance on how Queen’s Bench masters should handle early neutral evaluation, as there is no equivalent to the section on it in the Chancery Guide.

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30 March 2021

Judicial review reform: A risk to the courts’ post-Brexit standing

In addition to questions about the motivations for curbing legal challenges to political decisions, the proposed reforms to judicial review raise concerns about undermining the reputation of the English courts

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