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Dr David Thomson and Angus Piper of 1 Chancery Lane appeared for Claimant and Defendant respectively in the clinical negligence claim of Susan Ryan v Dr David Yick earlier this month. Judgment was today handed down in the RCJ by HHJ Jeremy Richardson QC, sitting as a QB Judge.  Mrs Ryan complained that the defendant

For a number of reasons, the cost of litigation is a hot topic at the moment.   Lord Justice Mummery in giving the lead judgment of the Court of Appeal in Neumans LLP v Andrew Andronikou & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 916, suggested a way that he and his brethren could assist in ensuring that

A common concern for many claimants and their lawyers in litigation is whether the defendants have effective insurance cover and can thus satisfy any judgment obtained them. When a claimant discovers that he only has a “paper” judgment, he often looks to blame his solicitor. This is what happened in the recent case of Dowling

  The case of Santander UK Plc v R A Legal Solicitors (a firm) [2013] EWHC 1380 (QB) contains a timely review of “mortgage fraud” cases and of the circumstances in which a solicitor might successfully obtain relief under section 61 Trustee Act 1925 (see further Karen Shuman’s posting “Section 61 Trustee Act 1925 and

  Feltham v Freer Bouskell [2013] EWHC 1952 When Mr Ward received instructions from Ms Charlton, a longstanding elderly client with short term-memory loss who had at one time virtually resided on the QE2, that she wished to change her will and leave the bulk of her fortune to her step-granddaughter he did what a

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,

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