Procedure


“Disproportionate” to strike out claim for late payment of court fees

10 December 2019

Striking out a £120,000 claim for late payment of court fees was disproportionate and the claimant was entitled to relief from sanctions, the High Court has ruled.


“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.


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.


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.


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.


QC: Shortage of up-to-date expert medical witnesses

25 November 2019

Experienced medical professionals who are still working and have up-to-date knowledge of practice and procedure are becoming increasingly reluctant to act as expert witnesses, lawyers have warned.


Solicitors urged to shorten their own witness statements

19 November 2019

A High Court master has urged solicitors providing witness statements to cut back on the unnecessary detail, stressing that they are not the same as those given by lay witnesses.


CrowdJustice offers client management technology to firms

18 November 2019

The team behind pioneering funding platform CrowdJustice has launched a technology platform for law firms aimed at helping them “digitise the client journey”.


PAP witness statements “can be grounds for contempt”

11 November 2019

A witness statement verified by a statement of truth made by a prospective claimant before the commencement of proceedings can give rise to contempt, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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