A High Court judge has complained about a “growing trend” of advocates departing significantly from the case set out in their skeleton argument, after making one who did so make further written submissions.
The Court of Appeal has warned parties that they can expect to be denied recovery of the costs of preparing non-compliant bundles of authorities.
The impact assessment published by the Ministry of Justice on the new discount rate is “misleading and wholly disingenuous” in predicting savings for insurers, the chief executive of the ABI has said.
Hastings became the first insurance company to spell out the financial implications of the new discount rate, which an expert has said could lead to recent settlements being reopened.
Five new Court of Appeal judges were appointed yesterday, only one of whom – Mrs Justice Carr – is a woman. All five went to private schools and attended either Oxford or Cambridge University.
The new discount rate will save insurers and the government up to £400m a year, the Ministry of Justice has aid – but setting it any higher risked too many injured people being under-compensated.
Lord Chancellor David Gauke announced this morning that he is to change the personal injury discount rate from -0.75% to -0.25%, a lower figure than was widely anticipated.
The former director of multiple claims management and hire companies has been jailed for six months for contempt of court after he was found to have forged a claimant’s signature.