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IBA: “Give computers legal personality so they can be sued”

8 October 2019

Computers should be given legal personality so that they can be sued as a way to stop fear of liability stifling innovation, a report by the International Bar Association has suggested.


Supreme Court to hear Mastercard CPO appeal

8 October 2019

The Supreme Court has granted Mastercard permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that kept the massive £14bn class action over interchange fees alive.


Law firm “positively invited” client to end retainer

7 October 2019

A law firm that gave a client seven days’ notice of its intention to end its retainer, but effectively forced the client to do it after a day, was the party responsible for the termination, the High Court has ruled.


CA boosts representative actions with Google green light

3 October 2019

The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a £3bn representative action against Google for misuse of private data, after overturning the High Court’s decision to block it.


Scotland to keep discount rate at -0.75%

1 October 2019

The discount rate in Scotland is to stay at -0.75%, the Government Actuary has decreed in another decision that has angered insurers.


High Court denies anonymity to ex-client suing firm

30 September 2019

A former client suing Leeds law firm Shulmans for £4m has lost his bid to do so anonymously. He said being named would be a breach of the settlement deed over which he was suing.


Baby scheme “removes fear of litigation as barrier to safety”

27 September 2019

An NHS early notification scheme for serious brain injuries in babies has led to some early admissions of liability in less than two years, rather than the average of more than 10.


Ryder: AI can crunch court data to improve access

24 September 2019

Data collected from digital courts could be processed by AI and used to improve access to justice by helping to prevent activities that lead to litigation in the first place, a top judge has argued.


Abuse inquiry calls for changes to civil justice system

23 September 2019

Codes of practice for defendants responding to civil claims of child sexual abuse and a review of the law of limitation are among the ideas to deliver redress to victims put forward in a major report.


Judge praises LiPs denied adjournment to find solicitors

20 September 2019

A deputy master hearing a probate dispute in the High Court said the way litigants in person ran their defence justified a decision not to adjourn the case so they could instruct new lawyers.

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