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It’s Channel 4’s fault!   Was it just coincidence that on 10 July, the day after “The Murder Trial” was first screened on television, the Court of Appeal (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2013 was published?   Or that yesterday (17 July) saw the release of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Commencement No 3) Order

According to the government’s own figures, 623,000 of the 1,000,000 people who previously received public funding each year ceased to be eligible for such assistance when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013. On 5 July 2013 the Judicial Working Group on Litigants in

With less than 3 weeks to go before a major expansion of the portal for civil litigation and the introduction of fast-track fixed costs, the MoJ has yet to publish the rules in finalised form. In a speech last Friday Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff described the failure as “unacceptable” and called on justice minister

The Commercial Court gave short shrift to parties calling insurance experts to opine on meaning of a widely used construction insurance policy. The case of Aspen Insurance UK Limited v Adana Construction Limited [2013] EWHC 1568 (Comm) concerned cross claims for declarations as to whether the claimant insurer was contractually bound to cover the defendant

In what appears to be a decision which may add to the recently burgeoning corpus of jurisprudence surrounding the treatment of litigants in person,* the High Court has afforded lenience to an unrepresented party who sought a second adjournment of a trial.   Tan & Anor v Law & Anor (2013) High Court, QBD (unreported,

David Ribchester pursued a claim for £923,000 arising out of a workplace injury that caused damage to his wrists.  His claim included considerable care on the basis that he was unable to carry out simple tasks such as driving, tying his shoelaces or picking up his daughter.  Surveillance captured footage of him playing rugby, driving his

In the case of Susan Berney v Thomas Saul (T/A Thomas Saul & Co) [2013] EWCA Civ 640, the Court of Appeal has provided further guidance as to the date of the accrual of a cause of action in a solicitor’s negligence case.    Ms Berney (“MB”) instructed Thomas Saul & Co (“TS”) in 1999

Many of you will have seen it reported in the news last week that as a result of the decision of the Supreme Court in Smith & ors v MoD [2013] UKSC 41 service personnel (and their families) will be entitled to sue the Ministry of Defence for deaths and injuries sustained whilst on active

As anyone who’s flown budget will know, it’s the “extras” where they get you. Whether it’s priority boarding, a window seat or those neck cushions that (if anything) make sleeping more uncomfortable, a section of the market will always pay more for an improved service, however marginal the improvement.   Until now the court service

Ever since I started in practice more than 10 years ago the spectre of a “no fault” system to deal with claims against the NHS has been hanging over those of us who practice in clinical negligence.  My reaction over the years, without much clear reflection, has been that this would be a bad thing,

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