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PI lawyers and insurers expect dip in RTA claims

Personal injury law firms and insurers expect a dip in workload over the next six months as a result of Covid-19 but expect the market to have recovered by the end of 2021, a survey has suggested.

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High Court could get power to depart from EU case law

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is considering whether to allow the High Court as well as the Court of Appeal to depart from European Union case law from next year.

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“Tsunami of post-Covid litigation” could overwhelm courts

A “tsunami of litigation” powered by the Covid-19 pandemic could leave the civil justice system “overwhelmed” by the end of the year, a well-known solicitor and ADR specialist has predicted.

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Judge refuses to recuse herself over counsel link

A High Court judge has refused a request from a litigant in person to recuse herself from hearing a case where she had briefly supervised counsel for the defendants at her old chambers.

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Vos: Crisis must be followed by “blue sky thinking”

The Chancellor of the High Court has said “the one thing” he really wants to come out of the coronavirus crisis is “blue sky thinking” about how to improve commercial dispute resolution.

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New video platform to be rolled out across civil courts

The new video platform enabling more remote cases to be heard in the criminal courts will rolled out to the civil courts over the coming months, the Ministry of Justice confirmed yesterday.

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High Court judge savages unnecessary witness statements

A High Court judge has roundly criticised witness statements prepared for a summary judgment application in a major piece of tax litigation, saying far too much time and money was spent on them.

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Solicitor “should not have served claim by post” after lockdown

A solicitor who served proceedings on a council by post two days after lockdown had gone into effect showed “poor judgement”, a High Court judge has ruled.

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