Top tips for remote meetings and hearings

30 March 2020

These are challenging but interesting times. We wanted to share a little of what we have learned in terms of how to get the most from remote meetings and hearings.

Litigating from home

23 March 2020

If ‘litigating from home’ and e-trials are going to be a viable option over the medium or long term, then issues will need carefully to be thought through, and some trade-offs will have to be made.

Female employment barristers and equitable briefing

11 March 2020

There is a clear line of sight from the process of a law firm selecting a barrister, to the experience built up by those barristers, to them reaching the position of being able to apply for silk.

ATE, the STaRs and the importance of judgement

26 February 2020

Historically, law firms and insurance brokers could form a relationship and the law firm’s obligation to advise clients on ATE was assumed to be complete. Under the STaRs, the onus moves to the individual solicitor.

Beware the deal that is too good to be true

17 February 2020

When the April 2013 reforms were enacted, many firms feared a race to the bottom on the commercial offering to any prospective client and offer zero success fees across the board.

Could the judiciary’s best intentions prevent children’s access to justice?

7 February 2020

Why are judges preventing access to justice for the most vulnerable injured members of society? They are routinely refusing to allow payment out of damages for success fees, ATE and any other expense.

Do litigation funding facilities work?

30 January 2020

Law firm litigation funding facilities are back! They first hit the press in the early days of Augusta in 2014 but since then it’s been rather quiet… until last year.

Complex regional pain syndrome and personal injury claims

16 January 2020

Complex regional pain syndrome is a poorly understood chronic pain condition (lasting more than six months) in which a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.

Service by email – should the CPR be changed?

25 November 2019

In 1971, a Ray Tomlinson, computer engineer, sent the very first email. This was a test message to himself, which he sent to a computer that was placed right next to the one he had used to send it.

Sorry seems to be the hardest (and most expensive) word

13 November 2019

Until the culture changes at the frontline of the NHS through learning and patient safety recommendations, I find it difficult to see how the concomitant claims handling will change.

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