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Judge rejects bid to exit shorter trial scheme

A judge has refused a party’s application to remove their case from the shorter trial scheme. He also found that the scheme’s approach to disclosure was similar to that of the disclosure pilot.

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£6.6m PI claim falls away due to fundamental dishonesty

A claimant who sought £6.6m in damages has accepted a £25,000 ‘nuisance’ payment after allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised, despite suffering a genuine injury.

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Defendant lawyers celebrate ruling on untraced drivers

Defendant insurance lawyers have praised yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on untraced drivers, but a claimant solicitor has argued that innocent claimants could lose out as a result.

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Law firm, funders and broker team up to launch IPEC product

A law firm, litigation funder, after-the-event provider and insurance broker have teamed up to launch a product to fund claims brought in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court.

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Supreme Court: No right to sue untraced driver

Accident victims have no right to sue an untraced driver, the Supreme Court has ruled today in the case of a hit-and-run driver and a registered owner who refused to identify him or her.

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Ukraine president handed costs penalty over libel claim approach

The “wasteful and obstructive stance” taken by the president of Ukraine in refusing to agree to a preliminary hearing on meaning in a libel case against the BBC has been penalised in costs.

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Claimant “bound” by failure to change figure in portal

A claimant whose solicitors failed to amend the gross settlement box in the Ministry of Justice portal while negotiating with the defendant insurer was stuck with the figure, a circuit judge has ruled.

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Appeal judges “penalising law firms for being efficient”

The Court of Appeal ruling last week in the Bott & Co flight delay litigation shows that judges are not giving solicitors credit for being more business-like and efficient, a leading commentator has argued.

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