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Vos: Woolf reforms were “inadequately revolutionary”

The Woolf reforms were “inadequately revolutionary” and have left behind a civil litigation system which is “too expensive, too time-consuming and inadequately accessible”, the Chancellor of the High Court has said.

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IBA: “Give computers legal personality so they can be sued”

Computers should be given legal personality so that they can be sued as a way to stop fear of liability stifling innovation, a report by the International Bar Association has suggested.

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Supreme Court to hear Mastercard CPO appeal

The Supreme Court has granted Mastercard permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that kept the massive £14bn class action over interchange fees alive.

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Law firm “positively invited” client to end retainer

A law firm that gave a client seven days’ notice of its intention to end its retainer, but effectively forced the client to do it after a day, was the party responsible for the termination, the High Court has ruled.

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CA boosts representative actions with Google green light

The Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a £3bn representative action against Google for misuse of private data, after overturning the High Court’s decision to block it.

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Scotland to keep discount rate at -0.75%

The discount rate in Scotland is to stay at -0.75%, the Government Actuary has decreed in another decision that has angered insurers.

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High Court denies anonymity to ex-client suing firm

A former client suing Leeds law firm Shulmans for £4m has lost his bid to do so anonymously. He said being named would be a breach of the settlement deed over which he was suing.

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Baby scheme “removes fear of litigation as barrier to safety”

An NHS early notification scheme for serious brain injuries in babies has led to some early admissions of liability in less than two years, rather than the average of more than 10.

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