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Judges to have wider powers in contempt rules rewrite

Judges could be handed wider powers to take the initiative over contempt of court in draft rules proposed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee.

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Listed funder raises £100m to boost investments

Listed third-party funder Litigation Capital Management has raised £107m for a new fund, which it said would “significantly” increase its ability to invest. Nine cases are already lined up.

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Consumer guru backs litigant in person helpline

Consumer champion Martin Lewis has donated nearly £60,000 to support a new helpline for litigants in person in the family and civil courts.

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Electronic bill of costs “set to be extended”

The electronic bill of costs is here to stay and the Senior Costs Judge is keen to extend its use, starting with Court of Protection bills, a roundtable has heard.

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Failure to spend budget “not a good reason to depart”

A failure to spend the totality of a budgeted figure for a phase because of settlement is not in itself a good reason to depart from a costs budget, a regional costs judge has ruled.

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JUSTICE outlines new approach to resolving housing disputes

A new comprehensive housing disputes service to break with the past and streamline access to dispute resolution, with a heavy reliance on ADR, has been proposed by campaign group JUSTICE.

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Law firm “under no duty” to disclose counsel’s advice to funder

The High Court has struck out claims brought against a City law firm that a litigation funder said did not pass on the “pessimistic views” expressed by counsel about a case it was backing.

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Car buyers launch collective action over delivery costs

A £150m opt-out collective action has been launched against five shipping companies whose cartel is alleged to have led to increased delivery costs for car buyers.

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