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Listed funder reports 235% rise in applications

AIM-listed litigation funder LCM received 419 applications for funding in its last financial year, an increase of 235% – but only agreed to fund 3% of them – its annual results have shown.

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Small claims trial delays peak as issued PI claims fall

The average time between a small claim being issued and going to trial has reached the highest level this century – just as the government is set to flood the system with tens of thousands more claims.

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Vannin snapped up by US investment manager

Litigation funder Vannin Capital – which last year shelved a stock market listing – has now been bought by US investment manager Fortress, which is owned by Japan’s SoftBank.

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CJC urges court changes to protect vulnerable witnesses

The Civil Justice Council has urged rule changes to help litigants take part fully in court proceedings, including a duty on parties to reveal vulnerabilities among participants.

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Failure to attend trial “means more than turning up late”

The High Court has set aside an order made by a recorder striking out a claim because the claimants were two hours late for a trial in Cornwall.

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Court looks to commercial sense behind “ambiguous” CFA

An “ambiguous” CFA needed to be interpreted by reference to the “commercial common sense of the relationship” between a law firm and ATE insurer, the High Court has ruled.

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Burford: Outright win in spotlighted case “was not required”

Litigation funder Burford Capital has described one of the agreements that has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as one where an outright win in the underlying case was not required.

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Costs lawyers “see opportunities” in helping clients challenge bills

A majority of costs lawyers think there is a business opportunity in helping unhappy clients challenge their solicitors’ bills, a survey has found. It also showed continuing signs of improvement in budgeting.

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