Judge rejects bid to exit shorter trial scheme

22 February 2019

A judge has refused a party’s application to remove their case from the shorter trial scheme. He also found that the scheme’s approach to disclosure was similar to that of the disclosure pilot.

£6.6m PI claim falls away due to fundamental dishonesty

22 February 2019

A claimant who sought £6.6m in damages has accepted a £25,000 ‘nuisance’ payment after allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised, despite suffering a genuine injury.

Defendant lawyers celebrate ruling on untraced drivers

21 February 2019

Defendant insurance lawyers have praised yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on untraced drivers, but a claimant solicitor has argued that innocent claimants could lose out as a result.

Law firm, funders and broker team up to launch IPEC product

21 February 2019

A law firm, litigation funder, after-the-event provider and insurance broker have teamed up to launch a product to fund claims brought in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court.

Supreme Court: No right to sue untraced driver

20 February 2019

Accident victims have no right to sue an untraced driver, the Supreme Court has ruled today in the case of a hit-and-run driver and a registered owner who refused to identify him or her.

Ukraine president handed costs penalty over libel claim approach

20 February 2019

The “wasteful and obstructive stance” taken by the president of Ukraine in refusing to agree to a preliminary hearing on meaning in a libel case against the BBC has been penalised in costs.

Claimant “bound” by failure to change figure in portal

19 February 2019

A claimant whose solicitors failed to amend the gross settlement box in the Ministry of Justice portal while negotiating with the defendant insurer was stuck with the figure, a circuit judge has ruled.

Appeal judges “penalising law firms for being efficient”

18 February 2019

The Court of Appeal ruling last week in the Bott & Co flight delay litigation shows that judges are not giving solicitors credit for being more business-like and efficient, a leading commentator has argued.

CA rules £1m security order to admit late statement was wrong

18 February 2019

A High Court judge was wrong to order a defendant to make a £1m security for costs payment – almost the sum the claimant was seeking – to rely on a witness statement it had served late.

Shareholder action funder to back £400m Petrofac claim

15 February 2019

A specialist shareholder action funder is to back a £400m claim being prepared against oilfield service company Petrofac arising out of an alleged bribery scandal.

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