The consequences of non payment of Court fees and the failure to file trial bundles – A recent case considered – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 24th, 2014 in case management, delay, fees, news, solicitors, striking out by sally

‘Despite solicitors for three claimants failing to pay the relevant court fees, failing to file a pre-trial checklist, and failing to prepare a trial bundle (which caused the trial window to be lost) it was nonetheless inappropriate to strike out the claim- the case was all but ready for trial and the claim was not insubstantial.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st November 2014

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

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Blowing the budget – New Law Journal

Posted November 18th, 2014 in budgets, case management, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘Richard Harrison argues that the present structure of case and costs management is misconceived.’

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New Law Journal, 12th November 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Altomart Ltd v Salford Estates (No 2) Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2014 in case management, civil procedure rules, law reports, service, time limits by sally

Altomart Ltd v Salford Estates (No 2) Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1408; [2014] WLR (D) 451

‘An application under CPR r 3.1(2)(a) for an extension of time in which to file a respondent’s notice was by analogy subject to the robust approach to compliance with rules set down by the Court of Appeal in relation to applications for relief from sanction under CPR r 3.9.’

WLR Daily, 29th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Finding your way – New Law Journal

Posted October 28th, 2014 in budgets, case management, disclosure, documents, law firms, news by sally

‘Jeffrey T Shapiro & James Morrey-Jones examine how law firms should budget for e-discovery post-Jackson.’

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New Law Journal, 27th October 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Service by the courts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A recent case provides clarification and guidance on the issue of service by the courts in contravention of the claimant’s instructions.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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DPP publishes final standards for all prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in case management, codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, standards by tracey

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Carter-Ruck granted relief from sanctions after solicitor “misread” CPR – Litigation Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘The High Court this week granted libel specialists Carter-Ruck relief from sanctions after an assistant solicitor “misread” the Civil Procedure Rules and was almost four months late in sending out a funding notice.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd August 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims 2014 – Civil Justice Council

‘Civil Justice Council issues new guidance on instructing experts in civil claims.’

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Civil Justice Council, 13th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Lord Neuberger, Britain’s most senior judge, admits he doesn’t read all papers in a case – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2014 in case management, judges, news by sally

‘The president of the Supreme Court indicates he “skims” case files before an appeal, unlike other judges who “read everything”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Should children give evidence in family proceedings? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The case concerned a five-year-old boy. The appellant, his father, had applied for contact. The mother had opposed, alleging violence and so a fact finding hearing was ordered. The mother wanted her 13-year-old daughter, from a different relationship, to give evidence about some of the alleged incidents. That child had never been asked about the incidents and had to date given no account, whether by an Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview or otherwise. The judge ordered Cafcass to meet with this child to explore matters further – in particular, whether that child should answer questions put to her in writing and/or give live evidence at the hearing. The father appealed that decision. After the hearing and before the father obtained a stay, Cafcass met the child. Cafcass recommended that the questions should be reworded and reduced in number and also that the child “should not be compelled to provide live evidence” and/or “subjected to live cross-examination”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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President of Family Division hits out at non-compliance with court timetables – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 1st, 2014 in case management, delay, family courts, news by sally

‘The President of the Family Division has fired another warning to parties in cases in the Family Court that they are not permitted to amend a timetable fixed by the court without the prior approval of the court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st July 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Children: Public Law Update (July 2014) – Family Law Week

Posted July 25th, 2014 in care orders, case management, children, DNA, families, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘John Tughan, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in public law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 24th July 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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‘Arrogant’ barrister has contempt finding set aside – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A barrister accused of ‘breathtaking arrogance’ has had a contempt finding against him set aside, but been referred to the bar’s regulator.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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In re M-F (Children) (Appeal: Case Management: Necessary Delay) – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in adjournment, care orders, case management, children, delay, law reports by michael

In re M-F (Children) (Appeal: Case Management: Necessary Delay) [2014] EWCA Civ 991;  [2014] WLR (D)  326

‘Section 32(1)(a)(ii) of the Children Act 1989, as amended, required that care cases be concluded within 26 weeks. However, that time limit could be extended if it was necessary to enable the court to resolve the proceedings justly since the 26 weeks rule was not, and must never be allowed to become, a straightjacket, least of all if rigorous adherence to an inflexible timetable risked putting justice in jeopardy.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Applications Without Notice: A Practitioner’s Guide – Family Law Week

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in case management, children, family courts, freezing injunctions, news by sally

‘Rodney Noon, solicitor, provides a detailed review of the law and practice of – and the court’s attitude to – without notice applications in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 17th July 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Court of Appeal warns of consequences for overly long bundles and skeletons – Litigation Futures

Posted July 15th, 2014 in appeals, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, courts, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has hit out forcefully at unnecessarily long bundles and skeleton arguments that are anything but.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th July 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Mitchell: conjoined appeals – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Practitioners will be conscious of the ridiculous practice that ensued in the lower courts following the ‘guidance’ dispensed by the Court of Appeal in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers [2013] EWCA Civ 1537 as to the operation and application of rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules – Relief from Sanction.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Americhem Europe Ltd v Rakem Ltd (George Walker Transport Ltd, Part 20 defendant) – WLR Daily

Americhem Europe Ltd v Rakem Ltd (George Walker Transport Ltd, Part 20 defendant) [2014] EWHC 1881 (TCC); [2014] WLR (D) 270

‘A costs draftsman whose only involvement in a case consisted of preparing a costs budget and who did not give any form of legal advice or legally based representation was not a “senior legal representative” for the purposes of paragraph 6 of Practice Direction 3E on Costs Management.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Will Court of Appeal triple-header lead to ‘Mitchell-lite’? – Litigation Futures

Posted June 20th, 2014 in appeals, budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘A barrister who has led the way in analysing the impact of the Mitchell case has predicted that this week’s hearing of three “trivial breach” cases at the Court of Appeal could pave the way for “Mitchell-lite”.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th June 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Can A Consent Order Be Set Aside In Financial Proceedings? – Family Law week

Posted June 20th, 2014 in case management, consent orders, news, practice directions, setting aside by tracey

‘In the light of TF v PJ [2014] EWHC 1780 (Fam), Francis Wilkinson, barrister of Field Court Chambers, asks whether an application to set aside is permissible where there has been a change of circumstances which undermines the basis of a consent order – and suggests an answer.’

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Family Law Week, 18th June 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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