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Appeal court ruling to reopen “thousands” of flight delay claims

31 March 2021

The Court of Appeal has opened the way for “thousands” of flight delay claims after ruling that a pilot’s sickness just before a flight took off was not a reason to refuse compensation.


Remote hearing “did not stop witness admitting he had lied”

30 March 2021

Holding a trial over the validity of a will remotely may have helped a witness admit that the contents of his affidavit were not true, the High Court has suggested.


MoJ set to increase 133 court fees in bid to raise up to £17m

29 March 2021

The Ministry of Justice is set to increase by inflation 133 court fees that have not changed since 2016, raising up to £17m as a result. Only certain types of fees are included.


Trial delays continue to lengthen across civil courts

23 March 2021

Delays in cases going through the civil courts continue to spiral upwards, with delays in fast-and multi-track cases approaching 18 months and the small claims court set for more cases after the whiplash reforms.


Court allows defendants to use statements disclosed by mistake

22 March 2021

The High Court has granted permission to defendants to use the contents of four otherwise privileged witness statements which were disclosed by the claimants’ solicitors by mistake


Judge criticises parties for electronic bundle failure

22 March 2021

A judge has strongly criticised the unsatisfactory bundles prepared for a trial, stressing the “importance of discipline in the preparation of a readily navigable chronological trial bundle”.


Buckland: No radical changes to JR but some reform needed

18 March 2021

The government has issued a consultation on reforming judicial review, saying its aim is to “defend the judiciary from being drawn into political questions”.


Woman jailed for wildly exaggerated clinical negligence claim

18 March 2021

A woman who duped her lawyers as she wildly exaggerated a clinical negligence claim, seeking damages of £5.7m instead of the £350,000 her case was worth, has been jailed for contempt of court.


New credit hire business aims for ‘zero litigation’ with arbitration push

16 March 2021

A new credit hire business aiming for “zero litigation” by pushing disputes through arbitration instead of the courts was launched today.


Burford-backed law firm unveils City litigation merger

15 March 2021

PCB, the law firm part-owned by leading funder Burford Capital, is to merge with fellow City firm Byrne and Partners to create a significant new boutique in the litigation market.

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30 March 2021

Judicial review reform: A risk to the courts’ post-Brexit standing

In addition to questions about the motivations for curbing legal challenges to political decisions, the proposed reforms to judicial review raise concerns about undermining the reputation of the English courts

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