Judge blasts “lamentable” applications and non-compliant skeletons

4 May 2021

A deputy High Court judge has hit out at the “lamentable” way applications before him were prepared, including non-compliant and late skeleton arguments from counsel.

US class action firm uses Mercedes litigation as UK bridgehead

30 April 2021

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro is the latest US class action firm to enter the UK with big ambitions for building its presence in the market.

Issue more cases here, says first resident Chancery judge in Liverpool

29 April 2021

The first full-time Business and Property Court judge for Chancery and circuit commercial cases in Liverpool has expressed hope that more cases will be issued in the city.

UK litigation funders holding record £2bn of assets on balance sheets

29 April 2021

The value of the pipeline of court cases and cash held by the top UK litigation funders has increased to a record of £2bn, City law firm RPC has reported.

APIL urges reform of bereavement damages “postcode lottery”

28 April 2021

Whole swathes of the population do not have the chance of claiming compensation when their close relatives are killed, such as unmarried fathers mourning the loss of their children, personal injury specialists said today in a new report.

Five years to fully online claims process, says deputy head of civil justice

27 April 2021

Every civil case will be started and managed online in five years’ time and it will be impossible not to comply with many of the rules as a result, the deputy head of civil justice has said.

Huge Commercial Court claim thrown out for being inadmissable

27 April 2021

A judge has dismissed a claim against 114 defendants that was scheduled to last the whole of 2023 and likely to become the costliest Commercial Court trial ever.

Commercial Court activity at six-year high despite Covid

26 April 2021

The appeal of the Commercial Court remains strong, with the number of judgments handed down in the past 12 months and the number of litigants at six-year highs, new research has shown.

Judges call for probe of discrimination in the judiciary

26 April 2021

A group of serving judges has called on the justice select committee to conduct a “wholly independent audit” of discrimination in the judiciary.

Defendant can resile from part 36 offer accepted before protected party’s death

22 April 2021

It would be unjust for a defendant to be bound by the acceptance of a six-year-old part 36 offer on behalf of a protected party just hours before their death, the High Court has indicated.

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