Junior barristers “bearing the brunt” of pressure in criminal courts – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in barristers, case management, courts, criminal justice, diversity, news by tracey

‘ “Concerned words” about diversity and social mobility need to be turned into action through changes to the way the criminal courts operate if junior barristers are to be retained, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Better case management – Counsel

Posted October 12th, 2017 in case management, criminal procedure, Crown Court, evidence, news by sally

‘Two years on, how have collective efforts to make every court hearing count evolved? Peter Hungerford-Welch summarises the procedural changes and the message from case law.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Central storage of electronic bundles in family cases “will begin in early 2018” – Legal Futures

Posted September 19th, 2017 in case management, electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is to start hosting digital family court bundles centrally next year as part of its project to digitise the courts, it has emerged in a briefing sent to family judges.’

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Legal Futures, 19th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Thanks a bundle! 2,000 pages of ‘largely irrelevant’ trial papers infuriate judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 12th, 2017 in case management, costs, documents, judges, news by tracey

‘The High Court has sent a blunt message to litigators that excessive trial bundles are unnecessary and counter-productive.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th September 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Crown Prosecution Service – Family Law

‘In D (Appeal: Failure of Case Management) [2017] EWHC 1907 (Fam) the Court of Appeal recently considered the mother’s application for an appeal which raised issues about judicial case management and in particular the court’s approach to the cross examination of an alleged victim by an alleged abuser.’

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Family Law, 7th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

‘Administrative’ solution to employment tribunal fee issues imminent – OUT-LAW.com

‘A short stay on employment tribunal claims brought “in reliance upon” the Supreme Court’s recent finding that the fee regime introduced in 2013 was unlawful has been lifted by the tribunal service.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th August 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Children: Public Law Update (August 2017) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews a range of recent important public law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th August 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Court Service to test ‘virtual hearing’ prototype – Legal Futures

‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is working with Microsoft to build a prototype for a fully virtual hearing, which will tested in October, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Employment tribunal president stays fees challenges in wake of Supreme Court ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted August 11th, 2017 in case management, employment tribunals, fees, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘The president of employment tribunals in England and Wales, Judge Brian Doyle, has issued a case management order staying claims brought on the basis of the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that the current fees regime is unlawful.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

TCC publishes guidance note on management of public procurement cases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 28th, 2017 in case management, public procurement by tracey

‘The Technology and Construction Court has published a guidance note on procedures for and the management of public procurement cases.’

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Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court awards aggravated damages against Ombudsman over case handling – Local Government Lawyer

‘Aggravated damages have been awarded against the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman over its treatment of an applicant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th July 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Strike out of Claim due to Solicitor’s failure to comply with Court Orders – Park Square Barristers

‘In Reece Gladwin v Adrian Bogescu [2017] EWHC 1287 (QB) the Court was concerned with an appeal by the Defendant in a road traffic accident claim against a decision to grant the Claimant relief from sanctions, following late service of the Claimant’s witness evidence.’

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Park Square Barristers, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Drawing the Line: case management and allegations of judicial bias in the family courts – Family Law Week

‘Jennifer Youngs and Vondez Phipps, pupil barristers at 42 Bedford Row, summarise the circumstances in which judicial conduct at a case management hearing might form the basis of an application for recusal, and provide guidance to practitioners as to the manner in which such an application might be made.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Conveyancing: time to modernise & move on – New Law Journal

Posted May 30th, 2017 in case management, conveyancing, news by sally

‘Succeeding in today’s market requires expertise, investment & a touch of excellence, says Peter Ambrose.’

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New Law Journal, 26th May 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Court criticises party for ‘completely unrealistic’ view of other side’s costs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 19th, 2017 in budgets, case management, costs, news, proportionality by tracey

‘A High Court judge has accused costs lawyers of “abuse of the cost budgeting process” following an “unjustifiably low” estimate of the other side’s costs.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th May 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

“This is not a game” – High Court warns party that countered claimant’s budget with very low figures – Litigation Futures

Posted May 16th, 2017 in budgets, case management, costs, news by sally

‘A defendant who offered very low sums in their budget discussion report in the hope that the court may compromise in the middle of the polarised figures put forward by the two sides is guilty of “an abuse of the cost budgeting process”, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Independent Reviewing Officers – myths and misunderstandings continue – Family Law Week

‘Professor Jonathan Dickens, University of East Anglia, Norwich, considers some of the strengths and limitations of the IRO service, drawing on recent debates and the findings of a research study conducted between 2012-14.’

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Family Law Week, 6th April 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Rule committee backs moves to increase take-up of expert ‘hot-tubbing’ – Litigation Futures

‘Expert witnesses giving concurrent evidence – or ‘hot-tubbing’ – should be the default position in the Mercantile Court and Technology and Construction Court (TCC), the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

LiPs: a perfect storm in the divorce courts? – New Law Journal

Posted March 10th, 2017 in case management, divorce, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Iqbal v Iqbal provides a salutary example of the consequences that can occur in the absence of legal representation, as Shlomit Glaser & Tim Jones report.’

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New Law Journal, 9th March 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Bahrain speech by Sir Peter Gross: Judicial Leadership and Reform – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in case management, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Bahrain speech by Sir Peter Gross: Judicial Leadership and Reform.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 1st March 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk