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Paralegal banned after forging email to court

A paralegal who misled the court into thinking that a court fee had been paid so as to reverse a decision to strike out a case has been banned from working in the profession.

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Motor fraud on the rise “in anticipation of whiplash reforms”

An increase in motor insurance fraud may be related to next year’s whiplash reforms, the Association of British Insurers has suggested.

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Virtual hearings deny young lawyers “huge amount” of training

A High Court judge has voiced concerns that young solicitors and barristers are missing out on a “huge amount” of training because of virtual hearings.

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Labour comes out strongly against judicial review reform

Government plans to reform judicial review come from the “same authoritarian playbook” as anti-democratic measures taken by the Hungarian and Polish governments, Labour’s legal spokesmen have argued.

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Judge highlights open justice benefits of telephone hearings

There is “a lot to be said” for telephone, rather than video, hearings from the perspective of open justice and parties should bear this in mind when deciding how to proceed, a High Court judge has said.

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ABI: Claims dived during lockdown but their value went up

The number of motor insurance claims notified to insurers in the second quarter of 2020 fell by nearly half, but their value leapt by 31%, according to the Association of British Insurers.

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High Court warning over JRs that “evolve exponentially”

The High Court has criticised public law practitioners for letting judicial reviews “evolve exponentially” so that the claim at the hearing bears “little resemblance” to that for which permission was granted.

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Steep fall in injury claims during lockdown

There was a 38% fall in the number of injury claims registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit during the first three months of lockdown, government figures have confirmed.

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