Judge criticised for telling barrister to “get a life”

A judge who told a barrister to “get a life” has been criticised by a recorder who overturned his decision on appeal. He also said the credit hire company involved had not received a fair trial.

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Lady Justice Rafferty

Passive aggressive Rafferty urges advocates to keep it short

The chair of the Judicial College has urged advocates to be more concise to win judges over, complaining about grounds of appeal that are “too long, rambling, waffling [and] warbling”.

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Injured child

New safeguard for costs payments from protected party’s damages

Solicitors will in future have to provide a bill or breakdown of costs when seeking payment of success fees and ATE premiums out of the damages of children or protected parties.

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High Court rejects funder’s bid for “mini-trial” of £14m claim

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has failed to obtain summary judgment of its £14m claim against RBS shareholders it backed who then successfully sued the bank.

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No privilege for “purely commercial discussions” on settlement

“Purely commercial discussions” within a business about settling a dispute before litigation has begun are not protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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MoJ calls for evidence on new personal injury discount rate

The Ministry of Justice has issued a call for evidence on the new personal injury discount rate to be set under what will soon be the Civil Liability Act to meet the timescales set by the legislation.

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Leading firm left with court fees budget after late service

A leading national law firm that served its budget late has failed in an application for relief from sanctions only made on the day of the case and costs management conference.

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Court service call centres “improving justice”, says minister

Justice minister Lucy Frazer has defended the role of call centres in the justice system during the committee stage of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill.

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