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“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.


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.


Thomas Cook collapse leaves PI claimants unprotected

7 November 2019

The government has pledged to set up a statutory compensation scheme for people making personal injury claims against failed holiday company Thomas Cook after it emerged the firm mainly self-insured them.


Burnett’s “regret” at court estate under-funding

6 November 2019

The Lord Chief Justice has expressed his “regret” that the government has not provided the money to repair and maintain the court estate. He also highlighted the “acute” pressures on county courts.


Tribunal judiciary “most diverse in Europe”

5 November 2019

The tribunal judiciary is not only representative of the British population but “arguably the most diverse judiciary in Europe and perhaps beyond”, the Senior President of Tribunals has said.


Claimant wanted to use draft ruling to extract settlement

31 October 2019

A High Court judge has deprecated a claimant’s request for a third party to review a draft judgment so that it could have the chance to pay money to suppress publication.

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