“Over-lawyered” witness statements set for limited reform

9 December 2019

Witness statements are “over-lawyered” and too long and argumentative, a Commercial Court working group has found, but it has shied away from recommending radical reform.

Small claims track delays continue to rise

6 December 2019

The average time between a small claim being issued and going to trial continues to spiral upwards ahead of the reforms which will send hundreds of thousands of personal injury claims into the system.

High Court ruling “shows strength of Manolete model”

5 December 2019

A High Court ruling refusing to set aside £4.3m judgment in default in a suppressed sales case shows the strength of the litigation funding model used by Manolete Partners, it has been argued.

Supreme Court to review equitable lien ruling

5 December 2019

The Supreme Court is to review a controversial ruling that a law firm handling uncontested flight delay claims was not conducting litigation and so did not have an equitable lien over the compensation.

Preliminary issues hearing starts in VW emissions case

4 December 2019

The first battle in the Volkswagen emissions case – what has been described as the largest group action to come before the English courts – began this week.

Judge orders wife and mother-in-law to pay £12m costs bill

3 December 2019

The High Court has ordered the wife and mother-in-law of a Kazakh businessman, the subject of a “very substantial fraud claim”, to pay the claimants’ costs bill of over £12m.

Marks and Barrass lead new banking ADR service

2 December 2019

A one-time partner at Linklaters and a former executive director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority have been appointed to lead the new Business Banking Resolution Service.

Litigation funder highlights lack of competition

28 November 2019

The market of clients using litigation finance through choice rather than necessity – especially companies looking to offload their liability for portfolios of cases – remains “almost entirely unaddressed”.

Arbitration is “way forward” for construction disputes

28 November 2019

Arbitration is the best available process for resolving disputes arising from international construction projects and should be augmented but not replaced by technology, research has found.

“Reasonable” for LiP not to understand obligations

27 November 2019

Litigants in person who “do little to promote their cases until they are absolutely forced to” and do not “understand, let alone research” their obligations can still be regarded as acting reasonably.

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