Cutting to the chase – New Law Journal

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in case management, costs, damages, doctors, expert witnesses, news, personal injuries by sally

“The Jackson and associated reforms in civil court procedure are largely now in place. Extended ‘tracks’ and ‘portals’, reduced fixed fees, costs budgeting and non-recoverability of success fees will force lawyers to take a close look at the costs incurred in presenting an injury claim and how most efficiently to put the claim together. The medical report is essential, providing the foundations of much of the claim.”

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New Law Journal, 19th April 2013


No QOCS here: A Guide to the CPR Amendments you may have missed – Zenith Chambers

“In all of the furore surrounding LASPO and the very real concerns about funding, it seems that very little attention has been paid to the significant changes to the CPR which will come into force on 1st April 2013. This is not an article about funding, legal aid, CFAs, DBAs, or even QOCS. Instead it is intended to provide an overview and guidance on the amendments being made to the CPR.”

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Zenith Chambers, 28th March 2013


Reforming Civil Litigation: Bar Council Working Group publishes recommendations – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2013 in case management, civil justice, news, reports, witnesses by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published a discussion document on ‘Reforming civil litigation’, which reflects the recommendations of a Working Group including the chairs of the Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Bar Association and the Technology and Construction Bar Association.”

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The Bar Council, 25th March 2013


Has The Golden Thread Finally Been Snapped? – Zenith Chambers

“‘Throughout the web of the English Criminal Law one golden thread is always to be seen, that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt subject to what I have already said as to the defence of insanity and subject also to any statutory exception

No matter what the charge or where the trial, the principle that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the prisoner is part of the common law of England and no attempt to whittle it down can be entertained.’

Per Viscount Sankey in Woolmington v DPP [1935] AC 462 – emphasis added.

There cannot be an English lawyer who is unaware of this paragraph in Viscount Sankey’s judgment in Woolmington. Many non-lawyers who have chanced to read the Rumpole stories will also be as aware of, if not as attached to, it.”

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Zenith Chambers, 19th March 2013


Every case, a managed case: Using the Criminal Procedure Rules – Speech by Nicholas Moss, JP

Posted March 8th, 2013 in case management, criminal procedure, judges, speeches by tracey

“Nicholas Moss JP, a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, talked about the origin of, and context for, the Criminal Procedure Rules and explained the Committee’s role.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 8th March 2013


Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers three important recent judgments in Children private law proceedings.”

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Family Law Week, 13th February 2013


Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations – Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

Posted February 14th, 2013 in case management, costs, courts, intellectual property, news, patents, speeches by sally

Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

AIPPI UK, 14th February 2013


Judges ‘should talk to children before making care decisions’ – The Guardian

“Many children who end up in care are never interviewed by the judge who makes the decision to remove them from their families, according to a report by an influential group of MPs and child protection experts.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2012


He who hesitates is lost – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 17th, 2013 in case management, lists, news, trials by sally

“Listing hearings can be tricky. You need to find a time the Court can fit you in. You need to squeeze it into your hectic diaries without upsetting other clients who firmly believe that theirs is the only case you have on right now. It needs to be a time that your busy barrister and the other side’s busy barrister can make.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th January 2013


Legal challenge to put an end to court papers – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2013 in case management, courts, documents, news, trials by sally

“Saying you’re going to end the legal world’s reliance on paper sounds almost as audacious a claim as announcing you’re going to stop banks paying bonuses. Graham Smith, however, believes his small London-based business is set to revolutionise the way trials and other hearings are managed all over the world by doing exactly that.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2013


Judges should have extra support in litigation costs reforms, says expert –

Posted December 18th, 2012 in case management, costs, judiciary, news, prosecutions by sally

“OPINION: A seemingly attractive plan to make judges responsible for predicting the cost of court action is not the best way to encourage the accurate prediction of costs, but it is better than nothing.”

Full story, 17th December 2012


Injured feelings: Jackson reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Controversy still rages over whether the Jackson reforms are a coherent set of proposals that will rebalance a system where claims and costs are out of control, or if they represent an assault on access to justice for people whom ‘no win, no fee’ represents the only hope of redress for a wrong inflicted on them.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th December 2012


Immigration detention casework – poor casework must be addressed – HM Inspectorate of Prisons

Posted December 12th, 2012 in case management, delay, deportation, detention, immigration, news, prisons, reports by sally

“Immigration casework needs to improve so that people aren’t detained for longer than necessary, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, publishing the report of a thematic review of immigration detention casework.”

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HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 12th December 2012


Spotlight On Reform – Speech by Mr. Justice Ryder

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in case management, children, delay, family courts, news, speeches by sally

Spotlight On Reform (PDF)

Speech by Mr. Justice Ryder

The Association of Lawyers For Children National Conference, 16th November 2012


Independent Chief Inspector’s report on legacy casework – UK Border Agency

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, case management, delay, immigration, reports by tracey

“Today the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, published his report on the Handling of Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases.”

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UK Border Agency, 22nd November 2012


Border Agency condemned over asylum and immigration backlog – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, case management, delay, immigration, news, reports by tracey

“Senior UK Border Agency officials have been accused of misleading parliament after a damning report said they wrongly claimed they had dealt with a backlog of asylum and immigration claims – and that at one point more than 100,000 items of post about such cases remained unopened.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2012


Ryan Coleman-Farrow jailed for faking rape case records – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2012 in case management, misfeasance in public office, news, police, rape, sentencing by sally

“A former Metropolitan Police detective constable who specialised in rape cases has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for faking police records.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2012


Draft legislation on family justice published – Family Law Week

Posted September 4th, 2012 in case management, divorce, family courts, news, parliamentary papers, residence orders by tracey

“The Government has published draft legislation on family justice for pre-legislative scrutiny.”

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Draft legislation

Family Law Week, 4th September 2012


Judicial proposals for the modernisation of family justice published – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 2nd, 2012 in case management, family courts, news, reports by sally

“Mr Justice Ryder’s report into the modernisation of Family Justice is published today (30 July) containing a series of proposals to improve the workings of Family Courts.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 30th July 2012


Family courts need radical change of culture, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2012 in case management, family courts, news, reports by sally

“Family courts need a radical change of culture to combat ‘unacceptably long delays’ caused by a system struggling to cope with an influx of care cases following the Baby Peter tragedy and planned cuts to legal aid, the lord chief justice has said.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2012