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New claims in High Court bounce back above 2019 level

High Court activity has already recovered to pre-Covid-19 levels following a sharp slump during the height of the outbreak, new research has found.

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Two-thirds of SMEs “willing to take banks to court”

Two-thirds of SMEs would be willing to challenge their bank in the courts if they fail to deal with complaints properly, a survey of businesses during the coronavirus crisis has found.

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Giving evidence is not ‘work’ for furloughed employee

Giving evidence at court is not ‘work’ for an employee and so being on furlough is not a reason for their employer to seek to vacate a hearing, the designated civil judge in Nottingham has ruled.

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Supreme Court to rule on Google representative action

The Supreme Court is to review a Court of Appeal decision to allow a £3bn representative action against Google for misuse of private data to go ahead.

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NHS Resolution expands mediation panel

NHS Resolution has added one provider to its mediation panel following what it said was a “highly competitive retender” process that saw the existing three reappointed.

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Covid-19 being used to “stall” brain injury claims

Just over a quarter of defendants are using Covid-19 as an excuse to stall brain injury claims, despite guidelines urging the parties to take a consensual approach, research has suggested.

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QC’s £1.5m brief fee for nine months’ work “reasonable”

The Senior Costs Judge has approved a £1.5m brief fee for a leading QC who worked on a “titanic” commercial dispute almost exclusively for nine months.

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Clin neg trial could be held remotely “as last resort”

A clinical negligence hearing is set to begin in person in the High Court today, although the judge ruled last week that it could be conducted remotely if there was no other option.

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