Procedure


VW urged to settle after High Court’s Dieselgate ruling

Lawyers for Volkswagen car-owners have urged the company to settle their claims over the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal after the High Court ruled today that it tried to cheat clean air regulations.

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Company must disclose documents held by subsidiaries

A company must disclose documents held by its subsidiaries and which it controls, the High Court has ruled, in a case handled under the disclosure pilot.

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Leading set launches remote costs ADR service

Leading costs set 4 New Square has launched a virtual costs ADR service, providing neutral evaluations, binding expert determinations and/or assessments on a fixed-fee basis.

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New PD allows parties to agree longer extension of time

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has issued a practice direction allowing parties to agree longer extensions of time to comply with procedural time limits due to the coronavirus.

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APIL and FOIL issue guidance on Covid-19 co-operation

Personal injury firms should temporarily agree to accept service by email and freeze limitation periods, according to Covid-19 guidance issued to claimant and defendant lawyers today.

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Majority of courts to close from Monday

Fewer than half of courts and tribunals will remain open for face-to-face hearings as part of efforts to maintain a “core justice system focused on the most essential cases”.

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Virtual case begins as court rejects trial on papers

The High Court has adjourned an upcoming trial, saying that the coronavirus guidance did not allow it to take place on the papers, but a $500m Commercial Court trial begins this morning via Zoom.

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Open justice direction published for remote hearings

A new practice direction clarifying when civil courts may derogate from the principle of open justice to conduct hearings remotely in private has been published today.

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