Turnover continues to rise at ARAG despite ATE blockage

Leading legal expenses insurer ARAG has reported double-digit growth in its BTE business and a ninth year in profit, despite what it said were the “challenging market conditions” for ATE.

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Solicitors right to throw off “shackles” of legal aid for CFA

The High Court has described as “reasonable” a decision by claimant lawyers that they needed the “freedom” of a CFA and shake off “the shackles” of legal aid to properly conduct a claim.

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CA ruling on ATE and proportionality “a victory for access to justice”

Yesterday’s Court of Appeal decision was “a triumph for access to justice”, according to the insurer whose policy was under scrutiny. But the guidance on the proportionality test has been called “astonishing”.

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Guidance on proportionality at last as judges curtail ATE disputes

The Court of Appeal has issued long-awaited guidance on how judges should apply the proportionality test, while also looking to curtail disputes over the reasonableness of block-rated ATE premiums.

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FSCS to protect LAMP policyholders after liquidation is confirmed

UK individuals and small business customers affected by the collapse of after-the-event insurance LAMP will be protected, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme has confirmed.

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Well-known after-the-event insurer facing liquidation

Well-known after-the-event insurer LAMP has applied to go into liquidation after failing to secure additional finance so it can meet its current obligations and insure new risks.

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“No general duty” for barristers to advise on litigation funding

Barristers are under no duty to advise clients on litigation funding unless specifically instructed to, and do not then assume “a continuing duty” to keep it under review, the High Court has held.

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CA upholds challenge to routine 100% success fee in low-value PI

Solicitors handling low-value PI claims since LASPO should have undertaken risk assessments before setting success fees – rather than just applying 100% across the board – the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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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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