Procedure


Many more to go: Firm clocks up another cavity wall win

The law firm that won what it said was the first contested cavity wall trial earlier this year has now notched up five victories, the latest seeing damages of £17,000 awarded to its client.

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Arbitration predictions start-up trains sights on UK

A lawtech start-up using second-generation AI to give international arbitration specialists an edge when predicting how best to approach high-value cases is planning to enter the UK market.

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Emails treated as ‘without prejudice’ can be used for costs

There is no rule that communications treated as ‘without prejudice’ despite not being labelled as such cannot be referred to when considering costs, the High Court has ruled.

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Solicitors “failed to notice particulars of claim”

A judge has set aside “by the narrowest of margins” a claimant’s judgment in default after the defendant’s solicitor failed to notice that particulars of claim had been served for five months.

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Small claims trial delays peak as issued PI claims fall

The average time between a small claim being issued and going to trial has reached the highest level this century – just as the government is set to flood the system with tens of thousands more claims.

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CJC urges court changes to protect vulnerable witnesses

The Civil Justice Council has urged rule changes to help litigants take part fully in court proceedings, including a duty on parties to reveal vulnerabilities among participants.

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Failure to attend trial “means more than turning up late”

The High Court has set aside an order made by a recorder striking out a claim because the claimants were two hours late for a trial in Cornwall.

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Applications for time extensions not the same as relief from sanctions

Applications for time extensions to take a particular step in litigation are not applications for relief from sanctions provided they are made within the permitted period, the High Court has ruled.

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