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.

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.

Virtual hearings deny young lawyers “huge amount” of training

8 September 2020

A High Court judge has voiced concerns that young solicitors and barristers are missing out on a “huge amount” of training because of virtual hearings.

Labour comes out strongly against judicial review reform

7 September 2020

Government plans to reform judicial review come from the “same authoritarian playbook” as anti-democratic measures taken by the Hungarian and Polish governments, Labour’s legal spokesmen have argued.

Judge highlights open justice benefits of telephone hearings

4 September 2020

There is “a lot to be said” for telephone, rather than video, hearings from the perspective of open justice and parties should bear this in mind when deciding how to proceed, a High Court judge has said.

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