REUTERS | Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Readers of a certain age, such as the author, will remember football pool orders. A losing plaintiff (as a claimant then was), whose personal injury claim had been run on legal aid, was protected against having to pay out any costs by the magic words: “order not to be enforced without the leave of the court”. Continue reading

REUTERS | Brendan McDermid

At the start of July, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced plans to change its indemnity insurance rules to make it easier for firms to switch their regulator for the purposes of professional indemnity insurance. The aim of this change, which follows a period of consultation, is to improve competition in the market, whilst ensuring that the public remain protected. Continue reading

REUTERS | Juan Medina

The test for showing that a respondent to an application for a freezing injunction has assets caught by the order has been “somewhat less than certain”. It has now been clarified by the Court of Appeal, in Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort Development LLP. I want to look at three practical tips on handling this issue, drawn from the appeal and first instance judgments: the aim being to obtain and maintain a nuclear weapon, and to avoid the nuclear winter a failed application or set-aside order can create. Continue reading

REUTERS | Mohammed Salem

Beverley Barton, one of the editors in the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, was delighted to have the opportunity to catch up with Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

In Part One of a series of blogs, Susan talked about some of the challenges she faces in her role, and the skills that equip her for the task. In Part Two, she discussed some of her impressions of the civil justice system, and the role it has to play in society as a whole. In Part Three, she provides an update on the courts modernisation programme. Continue reading