Mr Justice Ramsey

Decision on costs management exemption by April – but nothing’s happening on hybrid DBAs

The April update of the Civil Procedure Rules will contain the outcome of the review of the exemption from mandatory costs management for the specialist civil courts, Mr Justice Ramsey confirmed last week.

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Francesca Kaye, LSLA

First verdict on Jackson: litigators give thumbs down

Seven months into the Jackson reforms and litigators see rising costs and no greater access to justice as the main results so far, according to a new poll. It also confirmed the lack of appetite for damages-based agreements.

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Ross Clark

Burford bids to bypass uncertainty in DBA regulations with ‘hybrid’ product

Burford Capital yesterday formally launched its ‘hybrid DBA’ that enables law firms to use damages-based agreements without the risk of falling foul of the regulations which govern them.

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Mr Justice Ramsey

Ramsey backs allowing hybrid DBAs

The rules on damages-based agreements should be changed to free up solicitors to offer a mixture of contingency fees and hourly rates in commercial cases, the judge in charge of Jackson implementation said this week.

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Piles of files

Top silk warns solicitors that DBAs could land them in front of disciplinary tribunal

Solicitors advising on damages-based agreements should make detailed notes at the time agreement is made in case they are later accused of exploiting the client, one of the leading barristers in solicitors’ regulation has advised.

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Chris Kenny

LSB tells ombudsman to monitor complaints about damages-based agreements

Continuing concern over the potential for mis-selling damages-based agreements has led the Legal Services Board to order the Legal Ombudsman to monitor the complaints it receives in relation to them.

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Legal Futures Conferences November 2012

Legal Ombudsman: "easy" to see legal expenses insurance becoming compulsory

It is “easy” to imagine a world where legal expenses insurance becomes mandatory in the same way that car insurance is, the Chief Legal Ombudsman claimed today. Adam Sampson said they would also be keeping a close eye on how DBAs develop.

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European Commission

Opt-in collective actions in competition cases move closer

The government yesterday pressed ahead with plans to allow consumers and businesses to bring opt-out collective actions for breaches of competition law – but indicated that they are not yet a done deal.

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