Gauke sets new discount rate at -0.25%

Lord Chancellor David Gauke announced this morning that he is to change the personal injury discount rate from -0.75% to -0.25%, a lower figure than was widely anticipated.

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Claimant costs fall as NHS targets greater use of mediation

The LASPO reforms are continuing to reduce the level of legal costs being paid out in clinical negligence claims against the NHS, with a 5% drop over the past year, new figures have shown.

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CMC boss jailed for forging claimant’s signature

The former director of multiple claims management and hire companies has been jailed for six months for contempt of court after he was found to have forged a claimant’s signature.

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Efforts to attract non-barristers on to bench “not working”

Efforts to attract solicitors and chartered legal executives to the bench have not worked, the latest figures have indicated. However, there is a better story to tell about women judges.

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HMRC hit with costs order for “egregious” litigation conduct

HM Revenue & Customs was “unreasonable in defending and conducting” an appeal where the case workers assigned to the litigation were insufficiently experienced to deal with it.

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Costs award overturned after judge read ‘without prejudice’ letters

A judge was wrong to make a costs order after viewing ‘without prejudice’ material relating to settlement discussions that was not marked “save as to costs”, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

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Funder backs firms to take on internet-related group actions

A law firm funder has predicted a “significant increase” in the amount of internet-related group litigation and is ramping up its support for law firms pursuing it.

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Pinsent Masons secures discount for clients in Augusta funding deal

National firm Pinsent Masons has agreed a £25m litigation funding facility with Augusta Ventures that offers clients a discount on the funder’s usual success fee.

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