Judge rejects bid to exit shorter trial scheme

22 February 2019

A judge has refused a party’s application to remove their case from the shorter trial scheme. He also found that the scheme’s approach to disclosure was similar to that of the disclosure pilot.

£6.6m PI claim falls away due to fundamental dishonesty

22 February 2019

A claimant who sought £6.6m in damages has accepted a £25,000 ‘nuisance’ payment after allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised, despite suffering a genuine injury.

Defendant lawyers celebrate ruling on untraced drivers

21 February 2019

Defendant insurance lawyers have praised yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on untraced drivers, but a claimant solicitor has argued that innocent claimants could lose out as a result.

Supreme Court: No right to sue untraced driver

20 February 2019

Accident victims have no right to sue an untraced driver, the Supreme Court has ruled today in the case of a hit-and-run driver and a registered owner who refused to identify him or her.

Appeal judges “penalising law firms for being efficient”

18 February 2019

The Court of Appeal ruling last week in the Bott & Co flight delay litigation shows that judges are not giving solicitors credit for being more business-like and efficient, a leading commentator has argued.

CA rules £1m security order to admit late statement was wrong

18 February 2019

A High Court judge was wrong to order a defendant to make a £1m security for costs payment – almost the sum the claimant was seeking – to rely on a witness statement it had served late.

High Court allows more time for steelworker claims

7 February 2019

The High Court has given the personal representatives of deceased steelworkers more time to register their compensation claims under a group litigation order.

Appeal judges rule on difference between ‘advice’ and ‘information’

6 February 2019

The Court of Appeal has set out a series of steps courts should take when deciding whether a professional negligence case involves ‘advice’ or ‘information’.

Judiciary welcomes first female chartered legal executive

1 February 2019

Elizabeth Johnson, an associate in the Exeter office of Ashfords, has become the first female chartered legal executive appointed to the judiciary. She has been appointed as a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal.

Insurer automates handling of stage 3 portal work

29 January 2019

Allianz Insurance has worked with defendant law firm Keoghs to create what it says is the first “truly automated end-to-end digital solution” for stage 3 claims in the Ministry of Justice portal.

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