High Court rejects challenge to supervising solicitor’s independence

22 June 2021

The High Court has rejected a bid to remove a supervising solicitor overseeing a search order on the grounds that his previous instruction by the same law firm raised questions about his independence.

Court upholds validity of £1 part 36 offer by party awarded £10

21 June 2021

The High Court has upheld a decision that claimants who made a part 36 offer of £1 and received nominal damages of £10 were entitled to the usual costs consequences of beating their offer.

Challenge to ATE premium “cannot form part” of Solicitors Act assessment

18 June 2021

There is “simply no room” for the court in a Solicitors Act assessment to consider the composition of an after-the-event insurance premium, a costs judge has decided in a key case for Slater & Gordon.

Binding arbitration to settle Covid commercial rent disputes

17 June 2021

The government is to introduce mandatory, binding arbitration to settle disputes between landlords and businesses struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic.

Medical agency admin fee “not recoverable” as part of fixed costs

17 June 2021

Defendant solicitors have welcomed a ruling that medical agency costs beyond the cost of the actual report are irrecoverable under the fixed-costs regime.

National Archives to centralise publication of important judgments

16 June 2021

Access to important court and tribunal judgments is to be centralised at the National Archives, which the Ministry of Justice said would increase transparency and secure free access for all.

Motor insurance market enjoys profitable year – but losses to return

15 June 2021

The Covid-related drop in vehicle use and motor claims meant the motor insurance market recorded its best underwriting profit last year since records began, according to EY.

Law firm competition sharpens design focus on spinal injuries

15 June 2021

An innovative wheelchair wheel design has won a competition run by London law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp to raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with spinal cord injuries.

Statistics regulator rebukes MoJ over figures used to justify JR reform

11 June 2021

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has rebuked the Ministry of Justice and the Faulks review of administrative law for issuing “overly simplistic” figures to support the case for reform of judicial review.

Insolvency funder enters commercial disputes market with Mercedes case

10 June 2021

A litigation funder that launched last year with a focus on insolvency has now opened up to commercial disputes as it revealed that it is backing Slater & Gordon’s Mercedes group litigation.

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