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Claimants lose out after entering wrong figures in MoJ portal

The doctrine of unilateral mistake cannot be used to set aside settlements in portal cases where the claimant solicitors erroneously included lower figures, two county court judges have ruled.

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Judge condemns “cavalier approach” to freezing order application

A High Court judge has condemned a “cavalier approach” to an application to vary a freezing order, which would have allowed a man accused of defrauding a company to sell assets to pay his lawyers.

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Exclusive: Capped-costs pilot ends in failure

The capped-costs pilot has ended with just one case run through it and the model will not be taken forward, Litigation Futures can reveal. The similar insolvency express pilot has also been ditched.

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HMRC

No wasted costs order after QC instructed on wrong issue

The First-tier Tribunal has refused to grant HM Revenue & Customs a wasted costs order despite its opponents instructing their QC on the wrong issue.

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High Court rejects CFA-style ban on third-party funding in family cases

The ban on conditional fee agreements in family cases should not be read across to third-party litigation funding, the High Court has ruled.

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Personal injury claim numbers continue to fall

The number of personal injury claims registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit fell over the last year to the lowest point in a decade, newly published figures have shown.

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New high for NHS claims settling before proceedings

The percentage of clinical claims against the NHS being resolved before issue has continued to climb to new levels, although claimant legal costs have also increased over the past year.

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Rosenblatt’s funding offshoot aims to be ‘Manolete killer’

The litigation funding arm of City law firm Rosenblatt has made its move into insolvency work with a pledge to undercut existing pricing structures and take on market leader Manolete Partners.

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22 July 2020

Frustration: from the coronation to coronavirus?

It is relatively rare for frustration to be called upon as a solution for contractual non-performance in English law and the doctrine has historically only developed during times of social and economic change.

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