Judge criticised for telling barrister to “get a life”

A judge who told a barrister to “get a life” has been criticised by a recorder who overturned his decision on appeal. He also said the credit hire company involved had not received a fair trial.

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Lady Justice Rafferty

Passive aggressive Rafferty urges advocates to keep it short

The chair of the Judicial College has urged advocates to be more concise to win judges over, complaining about grounds of appeal that are “too long, rambling, waffling [and] warbling”.

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No privilege for “purely commercial discussions” on settlement

“Purely commercial discussions” within a business about settling a dispute before litigation has begun are not protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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MoJ calls for evidence on new personal injury discount rate

The Ministry of Justice has issued a call for evidence on the new personal injury discount rate to be set under what will soon be the Civil Liability Act to meet the timescales set by the legislation.

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Court service call centres “improving justice”, says minister

Justice minister Lucy Frazer has defended the role of call centres in the justice system during the committee stage of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill.

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Labour pushes for statutory ‘right to reconsideration’ in Courts Bill

The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill enters its committee stage today, with Labour putting forward amendments to ensure greater “oversight and accountability”.

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Lawyers join forces to hold first London disputes week

A host of top law firms, chambers, representative bodies and others are joining forces to launch London International Disputes Week next year.

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No implied sanction for failure to serve medical report

There is no implied sanction for failing to serve a medical report, the High Court has ruled, reinstating a complex personal injury claim which had been struck out.

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