No privilege for “purely commercial discussions” on settlement

10 December 2018

“Purely commercial discussions” within a business about settling a dispute before litigation has begun are not protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

MoJ calls for evidence on new personal injury discount rate

10 December 2018

The Ministry of Justice has issued a call for evidence on the new personal injury discount rate to be set under what will soon be the Civil Liability Act to meet the timescales set by the legislation.

Court service call centres “improving justice”, says minister

6 December 2018

Justice minister Lucy Frazer has defended the role of call centres in the justice system during the committee stage of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill.

CJC bids to strengthen appeal of ADR short of compulsion

5 December 2018

The Civil Justice Council has called for a ‘notice to mediate’ system used in Canada to be considered as the first step towards a more “automatic” system of alternative dispute resolution.

Labour pushes for statutory ‘right to reconsideration’ in Courts Bill

4 December 2018

The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill enters its committee stage today, with Labour putting forward amendments to ensure greater “oversight and accountability”.

Lawyers join forces to hold first London disputes week

3 December 2018

A host of top law firms, chambers, representative bodies and others are joining forces to launch London International Disputes Week next year.

No implied sanction for failure to serve medical report

29 November 2018

There is no implied sanction for failing to serve a medical report, the High Court has ruled, reinstating a complex personal injury claim which had been struck out.

Letters to art experts not covered by litigation privilege

27 November 2018

Letters between Sotheby’s and two art experts concerning the authenticity of an Old Master painting sold for over $11m are not covered by litigation privilege, the High Court has ruled.

Loughborough chosen as site for third HMCTS service centre

26 November 2018

Loughborough has been chosen as the location for the third Courts & Tribunals Service Centre, further centralising back-office functions.

City solicitors and judges eye witness statement reform

20 November 2018

City solicitors support some form of change to the current approach to witness statements, new research has showed as a judicial survey on options remains live.

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