Forming a professional partnership

20 June 2019

Partnerships need to think beyond ATE and look at what the joint needs are. The key to longer-term success is active dialogue to help anticipate future needs and avoid any unnecessary surprises

Serious harm in defamation – a helpful ruling from the Supreme Court

14 June 2019

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgment in Bruno Lachaux v Independent Print Limited and Evening Standard Limited, dismissing the newspapers’ appeals.

Raising the low bar

6 June 2019

With far more now at stake under the section IIIA regime than there ever was under section II, claims for costs exceeding fixed recoverable costs are now starting to reach the higher courts.

Wasting the Court of Appeal: the abolition of permission hearings

29 May 2019

The erosion of rights tends to occur incrementally, none more so than important rights. On 3 October 2016, the rule committee abolished the right to a permission-to-appeal hearing in the Court of Appeal.

Transparency is king

15 May 2019

The life of a claimant personal injury lawyer seems to be as miserable as that of our prime minister; everywhere they turn there’s someone ready to make life ever more difficult.

How out of touch are English judges?

7 May 2019

The Supreme Court in its recent ruling in Stocker v Stocker found the High Court and Court of Appeal failed to understand how ordinary people communicate on social media.

Fixed costs in clin neg: The prog rock of consultations

25 April 2019

Such a complex multi-industry issue as fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence – weighing up the high costs of litigation against the NHS, versus vital access to justice – is not an easy one to move forward.

Courts as the instrument of fraud

9 April 2019

Last month’s Supreme Court decision in Takhar considered the fundamental issue of the circumstances in which will the court permit itself to be an instrument of fraud.

Misconduct and the risk of double jeopardy on assessment

21 March 2019

A recent judgment of Deputy Master Friston deals with an application made on behalf of the defendants for the partial or total disallowance of the claimant’s costs pursuant to CPR rule 44.11(1)(b).

Challenges for the PI market in 2019

14 March 2019

The world today can be described as volatile and uncertain at the best of times. Given the recent dealings around Brexit, it’s no surprise that we’ve grown resilient to these conditions.

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