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Judge “bullied” litigant in person, Court of Appeal rules

A High Court judge “seriously transgressed” the core principle that he remain neutral during the evidence and used bullying language against a litigant in person, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Judge reprimands solicitors for “imbeclic request” comment

A judge has criticised solicitors in a copyright infringement claim for describing a disclosure request made by the opposing side as “imbecilic”. She said there was no excuse to use such language.

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Jackson calls for overhaul of system for clinical negligence claims

Clinical negligence claims could be handled by a tribunal under a new test for liability of whether the patient has suffered ‘reasonably avoidable injury’, Sir Rupert Jackson has proposed.

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“Impecunious” company with wealthy backers denied costs cap

It would not be reasonable for an “impecunious” company to withdraw a crowdfunded claim for judicial review if it was denied a costs-capping order, because its shareholders have sufficient resources.

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Therium’s access to justice fund names first grant recipients

LawWorks and the Personal Support Unit are two of first recipients of grants from Therium Access, the not-for-profit funding initiative from the litigation financier aimed at facilitating access to justice.

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Solicitors call for more full-time employment judges

Employment tribunals are being forced to rush in part-time judges in order to try to clear the growing backlog of cases waiting to be heard, a specialist law firm has claimed.

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Challenge to delegation of costs lawyer’s work fails

A challenge to a costs lawyer’s delegation of work to unqualified colleagues has failed, with a judge saying that to rule otherwise would make their work for members of the public “impossible”.

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Court can order costs in foreign currency on summary assessment

The court has jurisdiction to make an order for costs in a foreign currency on summary assessment, a deputy High Court judge has ruled in what he said appeared to be the first case on the point.

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