Case Management and COVID-19: A New Road to Consistency? – Family Law Week

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in case management, coronavirus, family courts, news by tracey

‘John Jupp, Solicitor, and Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex, considers whether family judges are making consistent case management decisions during the pandemic.’

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Family Law Week, 24th June 2020

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Toby Chaplin (by his mother and litigation friend, Diane Chaplin) v Ben Pistol, Allianz Insurance Plc [2020] EWHC 1543 (QB),2020 WL 03254432 – No. 5 Chambers

‘At 28, the Claimant had acquired a traumatic brain injury and been rendered tetraplegic in an accident caused by the negligent driving of the Defendant. The case came before Master Eastman in July 2019 for case management. At that stage, it was common ground between the experts in neurology for each party that the Claimant’s injuries had significantly reduced his life expectancy. However, they disagreed as to the extent of the reduction, Dr Liu for the Claimant estimating that his life expectancy to be 30-35% of normal; Professor Collin for the Defendant adopting a figure of 30-44% of normal. There were also differences in the experts’ approach to available statistics. Whilst the range of figures adopted by each expert were not far apart and it was likely that the Claimant’s care costs would by awarded by way of a PPO, it was nonetheless accepted that the difference between the parties translated to a 7-figure sum. At the CMC before Master Eastman in July 2019, the Defendant’s application for permission to rely on a report, from medical statisticians on the issue of the Claimant’s life expectancy, was dismissed on the basis that neither party’s neurology expert deferred to evidence from a statistician to assist them in determining the Claimant’s life-expectancy and such evidence would not add to their existing analysis of the available statistics. The Defendant did not appeal.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 22nd June 2020

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Family court judges given power to intervene in domestic abuse cases – The Guardian

‘Judges will be empowered to intervene in cases of domestic abuse to prevent the complainant from being re-victimised by aggressive lines of questioning, as part of a new raft of legal changes announced today.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2020

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Court of Appeal allows appeal over refusal of application for intermediary assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a case management decision in care proceedings refusing an application by a parent with a learning disability for an intermediary assessment and the appointment of an intermediary.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2020

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Vulnerable parties and witnesses in employment tribunal proceedings – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘The first Presidential Guidance on vulnerable parties and witnesses in employment tribunal proceedings was issued this April. Key parts of the guidance deal with (i) identifying when a participant is vulnerable, and (ii) case management: directions and orders.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 9th June 2020

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Relief from sanctions overturned for “egregious” conduct – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has overturned relief from sanctions granted to a claimant in a medical negligence case, partly because of her solicitor’s “egregious” conduct.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th June 2020

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Mediation – Don’t panic in the Pandemic – be prepared – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

‘The coronavirus pandemic and the current and continuing lockdown imposed by government has led to a number of consequences for the resolution of commercial disputes, and the administration of justice. First is where trials are being adjourned to uncertain dates, currently unable to take place due to the inability or unwillingness of people to attend court. Second is what is going to happen when the lockdown is eased or lifted, and disputes, which have been building up in the normal course, enter the system creating a backlog. Judges are understandably concerned that the courts and arbitral tribunals could face and potentially be overwhelmed by a wave of commercial cases. A number of these disputes will have arisen due to the parties’ inability to honour their contractual obligations due to the lockdown with complicated issues of law as to the remedies available.’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 8th June 2020

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Judicial early neutral evaluation during coronavirus, friend or foe? – No. 5 Chambers

‘Courts across the jurisdiction have struggled for years to run small claim and fast track lists efficiently in order to reduce the backlog. Coronavirus lockdown has brought this to a head, as cases are adjourned and the huge backlog is set to rise. Waiting several months, if not years, to have a case of modest value heard is contrary to the interests of justice. Memories fade, individuals cannot enforce their rights until the issue is litigated, the deserving go uncompensated, and the pressure to under-settle increases.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 1st June 2020

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Court of Appeal considers the cardinal points for remote hearings during the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic (Re A (children) and Re B (Children)) – 1 GC: Family Law

‘On consecutive days, the Court of Appeal, which included the President of the Family Division, considered two decisions of the lower courts to conduct remote hearings, Re A in relation to a final hearing as to care and placement orders and Re B regarding an interim care order with a plan for removal. Matthew Fletcher, barrister at 1|GC Family Law, compares and contrasts the two decisions and analyses whether common threads emerge that could assist practitioners in advising clients and making submissions to the court as to whether a case is suitable for a remote hearing.’

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1 GC: Family Law, 4th June 2020

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Clin neg trial could be held remotely “as last resort” – Litigation Futures

Posted June 11th, 2020 in case management, coronavirus, hospitals, negligence, news, remote hearings by sally

‘A clinical negligence hearing is set to begin in person in the High Court today, although the judge ruled last week that it could be conducted remotely if there was no other option.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th June 2020

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Your Appeal Fails: London Borough of Hackney v Okoro [2020] EWCA Civ 681 – Falcon Chambers

‘Is an appeal from a possession order (or other order) made in a possession claim commenced under Part 55 of the CPR caught by the stay on “all proceedings brought under CPR Part 55” imposed by paragraph 2 of Practice Direction 51Z (as amended on 20 April 2020)?’

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Falcon Chambers, 28th May 2020

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No relief for claimant who went “well beyond” court order – Litigation Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2020 in case management, expert witnesses, news, sanctions, video recordings by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an application for relief from sanctions from a claimant who went “well beyond” the terms of a directions order by obtaining a fully updated report from a medical expert.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd June 2020

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Relief from sanctions: An overview and case law update – St Ives Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in case management, civil procedure rules, coronavirus, news, sanctions by sally

‘In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, applications for relief from sanctions may become more frequent as deadlines are missed and court orders are not complied with. In three recent cases, the High Court has considered the applicable principles and provided guidance. Now, therefore, seems the ideal time to revisit the applicable principles.’

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St Ives Chambers, 21st May 2020

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Should there be a trial of limitation as a preliminary issue? – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in case management, civil procedure rules, limitations, news by sally

‘This article discusses whether to list a case for trial of “limitation” as a preliminary issue. This can be a matter of conflict between parties but, in the “age of QOCS”, can have significant benefits or repercussions for the litigants depending on the Court’s approach.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 21st May 2020

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Libel judge issues “wasteful” bundles warning – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2020 in case management, defamation, documents, media, news, proportionality by sally

‘It should not be necessary for the court to make express directions as to what should be included in a hearing bundle but failures to collate them properly may force them to, a High Court judge has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st June 2020

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Housing in Lockdown: Avoid the pause button – St Ives Chambers

‘A review of the number ways Covid-19 can effect the progression and outcome of housing cases and how practitioners can continue to engage in effective case management during this challenging period.’

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St Ives Chambers, 19th May 2020

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General guidance on PDF bundles – St John’s Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in case management, computer programs, documents, electronic filing, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Mann, Judge in charge of Live Services, has issued guidance to judges today about PDF bundles. The guidance applies to all courts, but not to tribunals.’

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St John's Chambers, 20th May 2020

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COVID-19: The ‘New Normal’ Experiences in the Employment Tribunal – Parklane Plowden

‘In 18th March 2020, the Presidents of the Employment Tribunal (Scotland) and (England and Wales) released Presidential Guidance.’

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Parklane Plowden, 11th May 2020

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Re P (A Child remote Hearing) [2020] EWFC 32 – No. 5 Chambers

‘On 16th April 2020, Sir Andrew McFarlane handed down a case management judgment on a public law case which may have significant implications for case management decisions until court services return to normal. The case in question was on the issue of fabricated or induced illness and the issue was whether the final hearing should proceed remotely. The Mother opposed the local authority care plan. It was listed for a fifteen day hearing addressing whether she had harmed her seven year old daughter. Despite the coronavirus pandemic both the Father and the local authority supported the hearing continuing remotely. The Mother’s Solicitors’ had assumed it would proceed with plans to take instructions by Zoom or in between each piece of evidence. There were to be three expert witnesses.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 24th April 2020

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Frankenstein’s monster, group litigation and solicitor disputes – Six Pump Court

Posted April 28th, 2020 in case management, class actions, competition, news, solicitors by sally

‘This short article looks at some of the lessons which can be learnt from disputes between solicitors wanting to be active in key roles in group litigation, in particular from the recent TCC decision in Lungowe v. Vedanta (27 March 2020).’

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Six Pump Court, 24th April 2020

Source: www.6pumpcourt.co.uk