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No anonymity for woman suing NHS for £6m

A woman suing a hospital trust for over £6m following the stillbirth of her first child cannot benefit from anonymity because of the principles of open justice, the High Court has ruled.

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High Court strikes out City firm’s ‘warehoused’ claim

The High Court has struck out a claim by City firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for abuse of process on the grounds of ‘warehousing’ – meaning there was no real intention to pursue it.

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Solicitors lose right to fees after ending retainer “peremptorily”

Solicitors who terminated their retainer “peremptorily” without investigating the circumstances of evidence that might have thrown the case into doubt have lost their claim to £8,000 in fees.

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Therium raises £325m as other funders grow international networks

Litigation funder Therium has raised record new backing of £325m as demand for finance continues to grow. We also round up other industry news, including funders opening offices in Israel and Canada.

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Doctor “should have been jailed for contempt” like solicitor was

A doctor who received a suspended sentence after running a “factory” producing 32 medical reports in a day should have been jailed like the solicitor he worked with, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Large-loss PI cases “already settling” at higher discount rate

Large-loss personal injury (PI) claims in recent months have settled on the basis of a discount rate of up to 0.5%, the boss of one of the leading investors of PI damages said this week.

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Lawyers wrong to fear capped costs, says High Court judge

Lawyers are wrong to fear capped costs, which could make a “big difference” to the ability of medium-sized companies to litigate, a High Court judge said yesterday.

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Judge: solicitors need “adequate cash flow” to fund med neg cases

Solicitors may refuse to take on medical negligence cases at an early stage if courts fail to ensure “adequate cash flow”, a circuit judge has warned in ordering a further interim payment on account of costs.

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