City solicitors and judges eye witness statement reform

City solicitors support some form of change to the current approach to witness statements, new research has showed as a judicial survey on options remains live.

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Court of Appeal clears way for Mastercard hearing

The Court of Appeal has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear an appeal against the decision that stopped the massive £14bn Mastercard class action – the biggest opt-out claim in English legal history.

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Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support”

Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed. His annual report also focused on the crumbling court estate.

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Judge criticises City solicitor for giving witness statement to journalist

A High Court judge has strongly criticised a City partner who gave a journalist a copy of a witness statement made in support of an application for pre-action disclosure.

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Lord Justice McFarlane

Virtual hearings “could improve quality of expert evidence”

The ability for experts to give evidence remotely in the new era of virtual hearings will be “very welcome” in some cases, a senior judge said today.

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Privilege ruling releases two documents and destroys one

A party’s claim to legal advice privilege over two internal emails has been rejected by the High Court, which has also ordered a privileged document disclosed by mistake destroyed.

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AI-based service aims to get litigation clients past lawyers’ caveats

A leading law firm has launched a service that uses AI to analyse large quantities of data quickly and minimise the “caveats” relied on by lawyers when assessing early stage disputes.

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LiP sanctioned for revealing ‘without prejudice’ offer in court

A litigant in person who disclosed a ‘without prejudice’ offer during trial had been warned not to and the judge was right to sanction him, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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18 October 2018
Claire Stockford

An analogue decision? Google defeats attempt at consumer ‘class action’

In an eagerly awaited judgment, the High Court handed down its ruling in Richard Lloyd v Google LLC on 8 October. It seems clear that there is a degree of reluctance to permit group litigation which will not materially benefit consumers. That being said, it is hard to ignore the increased possibilities of group litigation in the context of corporate data breaches, particularly following the implementation of GDPR earlier this year.

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