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Flexible court hours pilots to start in September

The flexible operating hours pilots for civil and family courts are to begin on 2 September, the Ministry of Justice has announced. It said the aim was to test whether this would offer “better access to justice”.

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PI fee-earner who faked court documents banned from profession

A personal injury fee-earner created and backdated documents in a bid to mislead the court and others that he had met its deadlines, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed.

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Firm claims first victory in contested cavity wall insulation case

A north-west law firm has won what it believes is the first contested case against installers of faulty cavity wall insulation. This has long been seen as a potential area of growth for claimant firms.

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Introduce QOCS for employment discrimination claims, say MPs

There should be a presumption that tribunals will order employers to pay employees’ costs if they lose a discrimination case in which sexual harassment has been alleged, MPs said today.

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Supreme Court turns back on procedural appeals

The Supreme Court is not keen to entertain appeals on procedural points, its annual report has indicated. It received more appeal applications on procedure than any other area of law but only allowed one.

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Trucks cartel applications put on hold pending Mastercard appeal

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has adjourned a decision on whether to authorise class representatives in the trucks cartel litigation pending a possible Supreme Court hearing in the Mastercard case.

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MIB has to pay out for injury suffered on private land, says CA

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that the Motor Insurers Bureau has to pay compensation to a man injured by an uninsured vehicle, even though it was on private land.

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Court of Appeal: Draft judgments not an “invitation to treat”

Receiving a judge’s draft judgment is not an “invitation to treat”, nor is it an opportunity to critique the ruling, enter into negotiations or reargue the case, the Court of Appeal has made clear.

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