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In recent years, third party funding has gradually entered the mainstream in English litigation. Arrangements that would once have been struck down as offending against public policy, in the form of the historic rules against trafficking in litigation known as champerty and maintenance, are now accepted and indeed endorsed by lawyers and judges. Continue reading

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The scenario: the receiving party serves a bill for £75,000 and commences proceedings for detailed assessment under CPR 47. 6. In view of the sum involved, the bill is referred for provisional assessment under CPR 47.15 and Practice Direction (PD) 47.14.1. The bill is assessed by the judge at £72,000. Sealed offers lodged under PD 47.14.3(d) are subsequently considered. They reveal that the receiving party offered to accept £71,999, so the offer has been beaten by a whisker. Continue reading

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For any motor insurance company looking for suitable New Year’s resolutions, it may be worth considering the cautionary tale of Southern Rock Insurance Company Limited v Hadar Hafeez. This Scottish case illustrates an important practical difficulty that arises from doing business online, particularly via price comparison websites. It also shows the importance of making sure that the questions asked in the proposal form (as well as the answers given) are retained in full. Continue reading

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Costs budgeting, as we know it today, has been around for less than four years. It was only last June in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust that the Court of Appeal provided much needed clarification on the approach to be adopted by costs judges on detailed assessment on departing from approved or agreed budgets, if there is good reason to do so. Continue reading

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In the words of children’s author Norton Juster, “Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.” With that in mind, and as we all breathe a collective sigh of relief at having survived 2017, it is time to usher in another year with a look ahead at what dispute resolution developments can be expected in the coming 12 months.

What follows is a brief overview. For full details, be sure to check our new what to expect in 2018 articleContinue reading

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In Orexim Trading Ltd v Mahavir Port and Terminal Private Ltd and others, the court held that Practice Direction (PD) 6B paragraph 3.1(20)(a) was to be interpreted narrowly. A claim under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 did not fall within it simply because it was made pursuant to an enactment. The court stated it would follow Re Harrods (BA) and Banco Nacional de Cuba and the interpretation adopted there in respect of Order 11, rule 1(2)(b) of the Rules of the Supreme Court (RSC). Continue reading

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In an earlier post in this blog, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LPP, solicitors for the successful appellants in Premier Motorauctions Ltd (in liquidation) and another v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Lloyds Bank Plc championed the decision of the Court of Appeal for bringing the pendulum of authorities on the interplay between security for costs and after the event (ATE) insurance “to rest in a more balanced position.” Continue reading

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As another year draws to a close, the Practical Law Dispute Resolution blog must pause for a short Christmas recess. We will be back on Wednesday 27 December 2017.

If, however, you are looking for a new holiday tradition to accompany your turkey dinner, Queen’s Speech and wassailing, why not indulge in our annual top ten tips? It has been compiled by our expert team to bring you some of the most interesting nuggets of wisdom arising from key cases over the past 12 months.

Only two things remain before we wrap up and tie a ribbon around 2017. Firstly, thank you to all of our contributors for their excellent posts this year. Finally, on behalf of Practical Law Dispute Resolution, we wish our readers and contributors a very Merry Christmas and a happy, successful 2018.

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Regular readers of the Practical Law Dispute Resolution blog may recall my previous posts about the County Court Money Claims Centre (CCMCC) in Salford. The CCMCC processes hundreds of thousands of Part 7 money claims (plus related applications) each year. In addition, over the past 12 months, it has processed tens of thousands of charging order and attachment of earnings applications, following the centralisation of these enforcement methods in 2016.

I was fortunate to have the chance to return to the CCMCC this summer, to learn more about practice and procedure at Salford – especially in relation to charging orders, attachment of earnings and Help with Fees. Following on from last year’s Sailing through the CCMCC, this blog contains a further and updated collection of practical hints and tips for those who use the CCMCC on a regular or occasional basis. Continue reading

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Regional courts have been put centre stage, with the introduction of the Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Leeds, and Manchester – and Liverpool and Newcastle to follow soon.

With thanks to Sue Harris, Immediate Past President of the Leeds Law Society, Beverley Barton, one of the editors in the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, was delighted to have the opportunity to submit questions to His Honour Judge Klein, a Specialist Chancery and Circuit Commercial Judge, principally based on the North Eastern Circuit (who is the lead Circuit Commercial Judge for the North Eastern Circuit) and to get his thoughts on recent developments and what they mean for the regions.

In part one, HHJ Klein discussed Briggs LJ’s Civil Courts Structure Review, the B&PCs, the Shorter and Flexible Trials Schemes and proportionality. In part two, he considers what practitioners should do regarding the B&PCs and the impact of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) modernisation programme on the regions. He also offers advice for the future and reflects on the future of English civil justice. Continue reading