Judge criticises City solicitor for giving witness statement to journalist

A High Court judge has strongly criticised a City partner who gave a journalist a copy of a witness statement made in support of an application for pre-action disclosure.

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“Master was wrong” to approve budget without final figure

A Queen’s Bench master was wrong in his approach to costs budgeting because he approved only the constituent parts of the estimated costs and not a final figure, the High Court has ruled.

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Lord Justice McFarlane

Virtual hearings “could improve quality of expert evidence”

The ability for experts to give evidence remotely in the new era of virtual hearings will be “very welcome” in some cases, a senior judge said today.

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Privilege ruling releases two documents and destroys one

A party’s claim to legal advice privilege over two internal emails has been rejected by the High Court, which has also ordered a privileged document disclosed by mistake destroyed.

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AI-based service aims to get litigation clients past lawyers’ caveats

A leading law firm has launched a service that uses AI to analyse large quantities of data quickly and minimise the “caveats” relied on by lawyers when assessing early stage disputes.

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Parties willing to incur costs “without limit” in arbitration challenge

A High Court judge has expressed his dismay at the “staggering” £1.2m costs bill racked up by parties in an arbitration dispute who appeared ready to incur costs “without limit”.

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LiP sanctioned for revealing ‘without prejudice’ offer in court

A litigant in person who disclosed a ‘without prejudice’ offer during trial had been warned not to and the judge was right to sanction him, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Hale urges lawyers to remember pro bono costs orders

The president of the Supreme Court has urged lawyers acting pro bono to remember to apply for pro bono costs orders in any case where costs would normally be awarded.

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18 October 2018
Claire Stockford

An analogue decision? Google defeats attempt at consumer ‘class action’

In an eagerly awaited judgment, the High Court handed down its ruling in Richard Lloyd v Google LLC on 8 October. It seems clear that there is a degree of reluctance to permit group litigation which will not materially benefit consumers. That being said, it is hard to ignore the increased possibilities of group litigation in the context of corporate data breaches, particularly following the implementation of GDPR earlier this year.

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