Law firms and CMCs “eyeing up” Covid-19 opportunities

20 May 2020

The coronavirus is starting to appear as an excuse for “claims behaviours” in road traffic cases, while claims farmers and law firms are eyeing up opportunities offered by the pandemic.

Disclosure pilot “to be extended for another year”

19 May 2020

The disclosure pilot in the Business and Property Courts is likely to be extended until the end of 2021, with a key figure saying it would be “premature” to end the pilot as planned this year.

Neuberger to lead Academy of Experts

19 May 2020

Former Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger is to replace Lord Saville as president of the Academy of Experts later this year, it has been announced.

FCA instructs City giant to run BI insurance test cases

18 May 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority has instructed City giant Herbert Smith Freehills for the test cases it intends to run on whether business interruption insurance covers the coronavirus pandemic.

Successful defendant penalised in costs for ADR failure

14 May 2020

The High Court has penalised a successful party for refusing to engage in alternative dispute resolution, saying it had brought the litigation on itself as a result.

QC says judge should have recused himself in school friend case

14 May 2020

Leading QC Dinah Rose has questioned the decision of a judge not to recuse himself from hearing a case where he had been at school with the director of a defendant company more than 45 years ago.

Judge denies bias in favour of former school friend

13 May 2020

A judge has rejected a recusal application on the grounds of apparent bias, based on him being in the same class at school as the director of a defendant company more than 45 years ago.

Court issues guidance on e-bundles for short applications

12 May 2020

Counsel presenting short applications should be “retained in sufficient time” to enable them to advise on the contents of the electronic bundle, the High Court has recommended.

Court of Appeal rejects challenge to Covid-19 stay

11 May 2020

The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to the emergency practice direction issued by the Master of the Rolls to stay all possession proceedings for three months in response to Covid-19.

“Uphill battle” to engage judges in remote JR hearings

11 May 2020

It is often impossible to sense how a judge is receiving submissions during remote judicial review hearings held during the Covid-19 lockdown, leading to confusion for advocates, a study has found.

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