Question of Ethics

Question of Ethics is supplied by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We publish one question a week, which will over time build into an invaluable resource on ethics issues. If you have a question you would like us to ask the SRA ethics team to answer, then e-mail us at contact@legalfutures.biz


High Court dismisses fundamentally dishonest £850,000 personal injury claim

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The High Court has dismissed in its entirety a £850,000 personal injury claim on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty. The judge said the claimant not only exaggerated his symptoms while giving evidence, but “deliberately and consciously lied to me”.

July 19th, 2018

Call for Tomlin order review after major QOCS ruling

Lord Justice Coulson

The rules on qualified one-way costs shifting do not prevent a successful defendant in a multi-defendant claim recovering costs from the damages awarded against a different defendant, the Court of Appeal has ruled. However, it held that this right could not be enforced where the damages were payable under a Tomlin order.

July 18th, 2018

The Costs Law Reports Conference

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An essential costs event for solicitors, barristers, costs lawyers and litigators throughout England & Wales. An unrivalled programme of judges and costs law experts make this a not to be missed event!

July 17th, 2018

Lawyers could be forced to share notes of hearings with litigants in person

Lucy Frazer MP

A new rule giving judges the power to order lawyers to share notes of hearings with litigants in person is being proposed by the Ministry of Justice as part of its ‘open justice’ plans. Another new rule would put the parties under an explicit obligation to disclose to the other side communications with the court.

July 17th, 2018

Neuberger urges peers not to impose “straightjacket” on judicial delegation

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Lord Neuberger, former president of the Supreme Court, has called on peers to reject restrictions on the ability of judges to delegate work under the Courts and Tribunals Bill. He was responding to renewed attacks on the bill by Baroness Chakrabarti, the shadow Attorney General.

July 17th, 2018

A golden opportunity for the ATE market to innovate

Enrique Gomez Head of ATE DAS UK Group

With the key judgement in the BNM v MGN case not expected until the end of the year, and decisions in the fixed recoverable costs arena not due until 2019, the after-the-event (ATE) insurance sector – already burdened by ever-changing regulation – is playing something of a waiting game. But this could be a golden opportunity for the ATE sector – the chance to take advantage of what might otherwise be a relative lull in activity period to set in motion a time of self-analysis and transformation, to develop plans for what the future of ATE insurance will look like.

July 16th, 2018

High Court judge slashes costs budgets in bus station competition law claim

Mr Justice Birss

A High Court judge has slashed the costs budgets of two parties in a competition law tussle over a bus station in Wales, while finding that of the party bringing the claim too low to use as a comparison. He also ruled that, in a multi-party case, each budget was to be looked at on its own, rather than combined to the total of what the other side might have to pay.

July 16th, 2018

LEAP Legal Software opens its Dublin office

LEAP, the world’s leading cloud software provider for small to mid-sized law firms, announces it has recently opened an office in Pembroke Street Upper in Dublin’s legal district, headed by LEAP Sales Manager for Ireland, John Donigan.

July 16th, 2018

Claimant costs start to fall as LASPO finally starts to bite, says NHS Resolution

Helen Vernon NHSLA

Claimant legal costs paid the NHS fell by £32m last year as the LASPO reforms finally start to show their impact, and formal litigation has been reduced to the lowest recorded level, NHS Resolution said today. But its annual report said last year’s revision to the discount rate meant the cost of claims rose sharply.

July 13th, 2018

Law firms launch Ticketmaster, Tesco and Glencore group actions

Kingsley Hayes MD Hayes Connor

Law firms have announced group actions against Ticketmaster, Tesco and Glencore in the past two days. Liverpool data breach and cybercrime specialist Hayes Connor has begun work on the action against Ticketmaster after a significant data breach was announced on 27 June 2018.

July 12th, 2018

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A golden opportunity for the ATE market to innovate

Enrique Gomez Head of ATE DAS UK Group

With the key judgement in the BNM v MGN case not expected until the end of the year, and decisions in the fixed recoverable costs arena not due until 2019, the after-the-event (ATE) insurance sector – already burdened by ever-changing regulation – is playing something of a waiting game. But this could be a golden opportunity for the ATE sector – the chance to take advantage of what might otherwise be a relative lull in activity period to set in motion a time of self-analysis and transformation, to develop plans for what the future of ATE insurance will look like.

July 16th, 2018