Official worried that lawyers might “abuse” reformed DBAs

18 October 2019

The government needs to be sure that allowing hybrid damages-based agreements will not encourage abuse by lawyers, such as speculative litigation, the lead civil servant has warned.

Credit card lie “made PI claimant fundamentally dishonest”

17 October 2019

A personal injury claimant who lied over whether he had credit cards which could have been used to pay for a replacement car, instead of credit hire, was fundamentally dishonest, the High Court has ruled.

CJC group fails to agree fixed costs for clin neg cases

16 October 2019

The working group charged with agreeing fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims worth up to £25,000 has been unable to do so, although it has made progress on process changes.

Review lays ground for both hybrid and defendant DBAs

16 October 2019

Changes to the damages-based agreement (DBA) regulations, including opening them up to defendants and allowing hybrid DBAs, have been put forward by an independent review.

Master urges APIL and FOIL to agree recordings protocol

15 October 2019

A High Court master has urged the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers to agree a protocol to govern the recording of medico-legal examinations.

Redacting solicitor’s comments to client was “cherry picking”

15 October 2019

Redacting comments made by a company’s lawyer on a draft dismissal letter while disclosing other privileged documents was “impermissible cherry picking”, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

High Court issues “novel” conditional costs order

10 October 2019

The High Court has issued what has been described as a “novel” conditional order for an interim payments on account of costs in the event of a party not complying with an unless order.

IBA: “Give computers legal personality so they can be sued”

8 October 2019

Computers should be given legal personality so that they can be sued as a way to stop fear of liability stifling innovation, a report by the International Bar Association has suggested.

Supreme Court to hear Mastercard CPO appeal

8 October 2019

The Supreme Court has granted Mastercard permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that kept the massive £14bn class action over interchange fees alive.

Law firm “positively invited” client to end retainer

7 October 2019

A law firm that gave a client seven days’ notice of its intention to end its retainer, but effectively forced the client to do it after a day, was the party responsible for the termination, the High Court has ruled.

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