Procedure


Top insurers boost reserves by £100m due to discount rate

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.

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Judges to have wider powers in contempt rules rewrite

Judges could be handed wider powers to take the initiative over contempt of court in draft rules proposed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee.

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Consumer guru backs litigant in person helpline

Consumer champion Martin Lewis has donated nearly £60,000 to support a new helpline for litigants in person in the family and civil courts.

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JUSTICE outlines new approach to resolving housing disputes

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.

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CPR to extend reach of contempt to pre-proceedings

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.

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Master sets out guidance on early neutral evaluation in QBD

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.

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CJC sets out rule changes to help vulnerable witnesses

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.

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Inadequate time estimates a “problem” in Commercial Court

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.

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