Judge recuses himself because of work with party’s solicitors

A deputy High Court judge has recused himself from conducting a summary assessment because of his work with the law firm involved and the possibility he could end up later arguing the points he was deciding.

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Burford: We are the law’s investment bank

Third-party funder Burford Capital described itself today as “the legal profession’s investment bank” as it recorded a 24% increase in net profit after tax to $328m. It has also re-entered the ATE market.

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Insurers report benefits of new discount rate – before it’s been set

Two leading motor insurers have laid out the positive impact on their profits of a higher discount rate, as the Ministry of Justice conducts its review. Both are forecasting a likely rate of 0%.

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Third-party funder launches £1m ‘access to justice fund’

Third-party funder Therium has launched a ground-breaking £1m fund to provide not-for-profit litigation funding in order to facilitate access to justice, supported by former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer.

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PI cases continue to fall as number of money claims hit record high

The number of personal injury claims issued last year fell to the lowest level since 2011, even though the total number of money cases in 2018 was the highest this century, new MoJ figures show.

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Solicitors using GDPR for medical records “is like patient request”

The Information Commissioner’s Office has stepped in to calm GPs’ concerns about solicitors using the General Data Protection Regulation to obtain clients’ medical records.

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Firm that ended CFA after client rejected advice entitled to costs

A law firm which stopped acting for a client after she refused to heed its advice to accept an offer to settle her case is entitled to recover the £240,000 in costs due from her under a CFA, the High Court has ruled.

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MoD hit with indemnity costs for disclosure failure

The Ministry of Defence has been ordered to pay indemnity costs after the High Court ruled that it “has not begun to grapple with its obligations in terms of disclosure” in a procurement challenge.

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