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Jail for holiday sickness claims fraudster

A fraudster who drummed up false holiday sickness claims over several years has been jailed for 12 months. He was found guilty of intentionally assisting in the commission of an offence.

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All but one of nine new High Court judges were at Oxbridge

Nine new High Court judges have been named this week, all but one of whom attended Oxford or Cambridge universities. Though open to those without judicial experience, all have it.

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High Court sets aside default judgment in £3m PI claim

The High Court has set aside judgment in default of defence in a £3m personal injury claim because, although the court was “unaware” of it, a defence had been served before the judgment.

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CA orders retrial after High Court judge’s “inadequate” ruling

The Court of Appeal has “reluctantly” ordered the retrial of a Commercial Court case after finding that the judge failed to address all the evidence before him. It said this was a “last resort”.

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Hastings blames claims inflation for faltering profits

Insurance company Hastings today blamed claims inflation rising faster than premiums, along with the new discount rate, for sharply reduced profitability.

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Lawyers at “growing risk of claims” for under-settlement

Professional negligence actions arising from lawyers under-settling personal injury and clinical negligence claims appear to be on the rise, a specialist barrister has warned.

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Direct Line adds £17m to reserves over discount rate change

The change in the discount rate has led to Direct Line increasing its reserves by £17m, while the ABI has warned that it will put pressure on motor premiums.

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Court condemns “dialogue of the deaf” between opposing solicitors

The Commercial Court has criticised the lack of co-operation between the solicitors on either side of a dispute, describing their correspondence as “a dialogue of the deaf”.

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