Aviva, Admiral and Direct Line have bolstered their reserves by nearly £100m between them as a result of the unexpectedly small increase in the discount rate last year.
Judges could be handed wider powers to take the initiative over contempt of court in draft rules proposed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee.
Consumer champion Martin Lewis has donated nearly £60,000 to support a new helpline for litigants in person in the family and civil courts.
A new comprehensive housing disputes service to break with the past and streamline access to dispute resolution, with a heavy reliance on ADR, has been proposed by campaign group JUSTICE.
The CPR are set to be changed so that a witness statement verified by a statement of truth made by a prospective claimant before the commencement of proceedings can give rise to contempt.
Master Victoria McCloud has issued guidance on how Queen’s Bench masters should handle early neutral evaluation, as there is no equivalent to the section on it in the Chancery Guide.
The Civil Justice Council has set out detailed changes it believes should be made to the Civil Procedure Rules to help vulnerable parties and witnesses, including an amended overriding objective.
Parties under-estimating the time required to argue applications in the Commercial Court – especially where the parties seek a Friday listing – is a “significant current problem”, a judge has warned.