Posts by Jan O’Neill

  • The new Singapore Convention: some practical issues to consider now

    The Singapore Convention (Convention) has received widespread attention since it was signed on 7 August 2019. Not only did its tally of 46 first-day signatories break the record for any United Nations trade convention, it also included the world’s two largest economies, China and the US.

  • Alternative dispute resolution reform: one size does not fit all

    In 2016, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) established an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Working Group, whose broad mandate is “to maintain the search for the right relationship between civil justice and ADR” and to promote debate over possible changes.

  • Changes to appeal rights and processes: a step too far?

    Amid the currently crowded landscape of reform processes and proposals affecting the civil justice system in England and Wales, one set of reforms, that has perhaps stayed further below the radar than might have been expected, are the proposals aimed at addressing the serious delays being experienced in the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division.

  • Legal advice privilege: not just for legal advice

    A recent High Court decision has provided reassurance to both lawyers and clients as to the scope of legal advice privilege, after an earlier decision (by a different judge) in the same case had arguably suggested a narrower scope for LAP than had been generally accepted.