CJC sets out rule changes to help vulnerable witnesses

25 February 2020

The Civil Justice Council has set out detailed changes it believes should be made to the Civil Procedure Rules to help vulnerable parties and witnesses, including an amended overriding objective.

Inadequate time estimates a “problem” in Commercial Court

19 February 2020

Parties under-estimating the time required to argue applications in the Commercial Court – especially where the parties seek a Friday listing – is a “significant current problem”, a judge has warned.

Commercial Court aims to tackle listing issues

13 February 2020

The Commercial Court has pledged to try and eliminate listing issues that have occurred in the past year amid a reduction in the number of available judges.

Keoghs gears up to build AI-backed ‘virtual assistant’

10 February 2020

An artificial intelligence-backed “virtual assistant” to augment the work of lawyers in large loss cases is being developed by defendant law firm Keoghs as part of a suite of new tools.

Litigators confident that work will remain post-Brexit

6 February 2020

Most litigation lawyers (57%) believe there will not be significant loss of work to other jurisdictions in the wake of Brexit, a survey has found.

Faulks: Discount rate change was overly cautious

31 January 2020

David Gauke was overly cautious in deciding to increase the discount rate by only a small amount and it will “almost certainly” lead to over-compensation, former justice minister Lord Faulks has argued.

Employment lawyers lead the way on “equitable briefing”

30 January 2020

A total of 33 law firms, from large global practices to sole practitioners, have signed up to a monitoring scheme designed to ensure “equitable briefing” of male and female barristers.

Lawyers benefit most from class actions, says public

27 January 2020

The public believes that lawyers and litigation funders are more likely than clients to gain from class actions, new research has found.

PI lawyers “failing to agree on brain injury rehab”

23 January 2020

Lawyers have called for the Rehabilitation Code to become compulsory after research showing that solicitors are failing to agree over the rehabilitation of accident victims with brain injuries.

Courts “more willing” to rule on fundamental dishonesty

21 January 2020

There are signs that courts are more willing to make findings of fundamental dishonesty when they reject claimants’ cases, a leading defendant firm has suggested.

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