Experts seek boost for blockchain alternatives to dispute resolution

Court and arbitration bodies need to make legal remedies built into blockchains a viable alternative to traditional dispute resolution options, lawyers have said.

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Changes afoot as litigators lambast disclosure pilot

Commercial litigators have vented their frustration – and in some cases anger – with the disclosure pilot in the Business and Property Courts, and changes to its rules have been put forward as a result.

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LCM eyes new fund after sharp rise in funding applications

Listed funder Litigation Capital Management expects to have committed the $150m (£117m) it raised in March by the end of the year as demand continues to increase at a brisk rate.

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Sudden increase in successful appeals to Supreme Court

There was a sharp increase in successful appeals to the Supreme Court last year, while immigration cases accounted for 14% of the applications for permission to appeal, its annual report has shown.

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Experts urged to avoid “grandstanding”

The best experts giving evidence in court are those who answer the questions thoughtfully as opposed to grandstanding, a High Court judge told an online meeting of expert witnesses last week.

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Insolvency litigation funding continues to thrive in lockdown

Lockdown does not appear to have affected the business of funding insolvency litigation, with market-leader Manolete Partners acquiring or funding 84 new cases since April.

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Witnesses overheard conferring during break in remote hearing

Two witnesses in a remote construction case were overheard having a private telephone conversation about the evidence one of them was giving during a break in proceedings, it has emerged.

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Judges parachuted in to help employment tribunal backlog

Deploying non-employment judges into employment tribunals and more remote hearings are part of a package of measures to help the system cope with the high level of demand.

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21 September 2020

Why arbitration hasn’t worked for personal injury

I can’t say I’m surprised that PIcARBS looks to have run its course. While the lack of interest has been put down to lawyers not wanting to trial the service, market forces are decisive and the market is right.

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