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“Disproportionate” to strike out claim for late payment of court fees

Striking out a £120,000 claim for late payment of court fees was disproportionate and the claimant was entitled to relief from sanctions, the High Court has ruled.

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“Over-lawyered” witness statements set for limited reform

Witness statements are “over-lawyered” and too long and argumentative, a Commercial Court working group has found, but it has shied away from recommending radical reform.

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Small claims track delays continue to rise

The average time between a small claim being issued and going to trial continues to spiral upwards ahead of the reforms which will send hundreds of thousands of personal injury claims into the system.

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Preliminary issues hearing starts in VW emissions case

The first battle in the Volkswagen emissions case – what has been described as the largest group action to come before the English courts – began this week.

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Solicitors urged to shorten their own witness statements

A High Court master has urged solicitors providing witness statements to cut back on the unnecessary detail, stressing that they are not the same as those given by lay witnesses.

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CrowdJustice offers client management technology to firms

The team behind pioneering funding platform CrowdJustice has launched a technology platform for law firms aimed at helping them “digitise the client journey”.

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PAP witness statements “can be grounds for contempt”

A witness statement verified by a statement of truth made by a prospective claimant before the commencement of proceedings can give rise to contempt, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Thomas Cook collapse leaves PI claimants unprotected

The government has pledged to set up a statutory compensation scheme for people making personal injury claims against failed holiday company Thomas Cook after it emerged the firm mainly self-insured them.

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