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Binding arbitration to settle Covid commercial rent disputes

The government is to introduce mandatory, binding arbitration to settle disputes between landlords and businesses struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic.

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National Archives to centralise publication of important judgments

Access to important court and tribunal judgments is to be centralised at the National Archives, which the Ministry of Justice said would increase transparency and secure free access for all.

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Motor insurance market enjoys profitable year – but losses to return

The Covid-related drop in vehicle use and motor claims meant the motor insurance market recorded its best underwriting profit last year since records began, according to EY.

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Law firm competition sharpens design focus on spinal injuries

An innovative wheelchair wheel design has won a competition run by London law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp to raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with spinal cord injuries.

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Statistics regulator rebukes MoJ over figures used to justify JR reform

The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has rebuked the Ministry of Justice and the Faulks review of administrative law for issuing “overly simplistic” figures to support the case for reform of judicial review.

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Tribunal judges found it “difficult to communicate” at video hearings

A major report on the impact of the pandemic on the tribunal service has found that almost a third of judges found it “difficult to communicate” at video hearings in the first few months.

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Small claims court delays continue to increase

Delays in cases going through the civil court continued to rise in the first quarter of 2021, throwing a potentially huge spanner in the works of the whiplash reforms.

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Number of Covid PI claims remains low “but potential for many more”

The number of personal injury claims relating to Covid-19 continues to be very low, despite the significant rise in infections over the winter, new figures have shown.

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