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Law Society “could negotiate fees of solicitors for LEI work”

The Law Society could maintain a list of solicitors willing and able to act for legal expenses insurers and even negotiate fee levels, the International Bar Association has suggested.

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Senior judge attacks expert witness “dinosaurs”

A senior judge has said too many people regard being an expert witness as a “nice retirement number”, while another has warned of the dangers of experts not being trained to give evidence.

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Baby scheme “removes fear of litigation as barrier to safety”

An NHS early notification scheme for serious brain injuries in babies has led to some early admissions of liability in less than two years, rather than the average of more than 10.

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Commercial ATE insurers “should rethink merits test”

After-the-event insurers should consider lowering the merits test if they want to attract more commercial work, senior litigators have suggested.

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Consumer ignorance “the main challenge for BTE”

Expansion of the market for standalone before-the-event legal expenses insurance is being held back by “lack of understanding” among consumers as to what it covers, a report has concluded.

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Ryder: AI can crunch court data to improve access

Data collected from digital courts could be processed by AI and used to improve access to justice by helping to prevent activities that lead to litigation in the first place, a top judge has argued.

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Abuse inquiry calls for changes to civil justice system

Codes of practice for defendants responding to civil claims of child sexual abuse and a review of the law of limitation are among the ideas to deliver redress to victims put forward in a major report.

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Judge praises LiPs denied adjournment to find solicitors

A deputy master hearing a probate dispute in the High Court said the way litigants in person ran their defence justified a decision not to adjourn the case so they could instruct new lawyers.

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