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‘Signed For 1st Class’ service is first-class post, CA rules

The Royal Mail service ‘Signed For 1st Class’ is first-class post or equivalent for the purposes of the deemed service provisions of the CPR, the Court of Appeal has ruled, overturning two earlier rulings.

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Only 16% of British courts accessible for wheelchair users

Only a small minority of courts in England, Wales and Scotland are accessible to wheelchair users – falling to 2% when other disabilities are included – research by a London personal injury firm has found.

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Funders and expert witnesses back litigation tech start-ups

Two lawtech start-ups companies targeting litigation have trumpeted success, with one doubling the investment it has secured and the other signing up 1,500 experts to its system.

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Slaters and Leigh Day open new front in VW litigation

The solicitors leading the Volkswagen emissions litigation have opened up a new front after winning permission to argue that the fix the company put in place was in fact another cheat device.

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Hodge worries about impact of pandemic on young lawyers

The deputy president of the Supreme Court has expressed fears that young lawyers have been unable to train properly during Covid but said remote hearings could alleviate access to justice “scandal”.

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“Where are the savings?” – PI lawyers attack insurers

Claimant lawyers have attacked motor insurers for failing to pass on to consumers £367m in savings they have seen because of the impact of Covid-19 in reducing injury claims.

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Civil court recovery: More in-person hearings and longer hours

Up to two-thirds of civil hearings will take place face-to-face over the coming months as the caseload increases, with longer operating hours an option for courts if needed, HMCTS has said.

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Brazil dam claimants to appeal “fundamentally flawed” strike-out

The law firm representing more than 200,000 claimants over the Fundão Dam disaster in Brazil has blasted the decision to strike out the action as “fundamentally flawed”.

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17 December 2020

What do arbitrators know?

How does the Supreme Court’s analysis of ‘inside information’ in Halliburton align with other opportunities for unconscious bias, such as determinations on the admissibility of illegally obtained evidence?

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