Witnesses overheard conferring during break in remote hearing

18 September 2020

Two witnesses in a remote construction case were overheard having a private telephone conversation about the evidence one of them was giving during a break in proceedings, it has emerged.

Judges parachuted in to help employment tribunal backlog

18 September 2020

Deploying non-employment judges into employment tribunals (ETs) and more remote hearings are part of a package of measures announced by the government yesterday to help the system cope with the high level of demand. There is a backlog of more… Read More

Claimant law firms call for representation on JR panel

17 September 2020

A group of five law firms have urged Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland to include claimant representatives on the panel looking at reforming judicial review.

Senior government lawyer among new High Court judges

16 September 2020

A senior government lawyer who is director-general of the Attorney General’s Office is among nine new appointments to the High Court. She is also one of two new female solicitors to join the bench.

FCA Covid-19 test case headed for Supreme Court, lawyers predict

15 September 2020

Lawyers are already predicting a leapfrogged appeal to the Supreme Court after the High Court handed down its ruling in the Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption insurance test case.

Judge refuses to let claimant abandon “unfavourable” joint expert

15 September 2020

A High Court judge has upheld a decision not to allow a claimant in a noise-induced hearing loss case to rely on a different expert because a joint expert produced an unfavourable report.

“Lawyers don’t want to change” – PI arbitration service set to shut

14 September 2020

The QC behind a pioneering personal injury and medical negligence arbitration service has warned that it could close before Christmas if there are no new cases.

Paralegal banned after forging email to court

14 September 2020

A paralegal who misled the court into thinking that a court fee had been paid so as to reverse a decision to strike out a case has been banned from working in the profession.

Motor fraud on the rise “in anticipation of whiplash reforms”

11 September 2020

An increase in motor insurance fraud may be related to next year’s whiplash reforms, the Association of British Insurers has suggested.

Courts must “get a handle” on disclosure pilot costs

9 September 2020

The Business and Property Courts must “get a handle” on why most solicitors believe the disclosure pilot is not producing cost savings, the professor monitoring its progress has said.

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