City firms launch review into dispute resolution for companies wronged by banks after RBS scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘City firms have launched a review into dispute resolution for companies wronged by banks, in the wake of the scandal over RBS’s mistreatment of small businesses. UK Finance, the lobby group for 300 British finance companies, has commissioned an independent study to analyse how complaints and disputes can be resolved in a more time and cost effective manner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2018

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Oral construction contracts and issues in adjudication enforcement – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted March 21st, 2018 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, enforcement, news by tracey

‘Two recent judgments illustrate the difficulties that oral contracts can cause in adjudication enforcement proceedings. The first was Jefford J’s judgment in Hart v Ideal and the second (although actually the first in time) was Fraser J’s judgment in Dacy v IDM (which had also been before Jefford J a couple of years earlier).’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th march 2018

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Smash and grab adjudication ‘essentially over’ after TCC judgment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in construction industry, contracts, delay, dispute resolution, enforcement, news by tracey

‘A well-reasoned judgment by Mr Justice Coulson could put an end to the trend of “smash and grab” adjudications, where the payee pursues the other party for the full amount where no valid payment or pay less notice is served.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st March 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Why English courts are opening in the EU – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2018 in choice of forum, courts, dispute resolution, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

‘According to French reports, the new “international chamber” is an attempt to capitalise on Brexit and steal London’s crown as a global hub for lucrative commercial legal disputes.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2018

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Lord Briggs at the P.R.I.M.E. Finance conference, The Hague, The Netherlands – Supreme Court

Posted February 27th, 2018 in dispute resolution, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Briggs at the P.R.I.M.E. Finance conference, The Hague, The Netherlands.’

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Supreme Court, 22nd February 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Bring it on… bring it all on! The risky strategy of leaving over arguments for another day in serial adjudications – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted December 20th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, damages, dispute resolution, news, time limits by tracey

‘One of the fears relating to adjudication is that a referring party will attempt to achieve success by grinding the responding party down through serial adjudications until it achieves the result it wants or the responding party gives in. In Benfield Construction Ltd v Trudson (Hatton) Ltd, Coulson J issued a clear warning that such an approach would not be condoned, stating.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th December 2017

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The process for Jewish and Muslim women seeking a divorce – Family Law

Posted December 12th, 2017 in dispute resolution, divorce, islamic law, Judaism, news by sally

‘The Islamic Sharia Council and the Jewish Beth Din provide private, faith-related dispute resolution in a non-legal setting.’

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Family Law, 11th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Improving UK Competitiveness, Strengthening the Rule of Law – Ministry of Justice

‘Dominic Raab addressed guests at the Policy Exchange in London for the launch of the Linklaters report ‘The Rule of Law: everyone has a part to play’.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2017

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Myths of Brexit – Speech by Lord Justice Hamblen

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Speech by Lord Justice Hamblen

Conference organised by the Hong Kong Department of Justice entitled: “Impact of Brexit on the Development of Common Law, Dispute Resolution and Judicial Co-operation in civil and commercial matters”, 2nd December 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Pets and divorce – who keeps the family pet? – Family Law

Posted December 4th, 2017 in animals, custody, dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

‘For many couples pets are an integral part of family life. But when relationships break down, it is not uncommon for arguments to arise about who gets to keep the family pet. So how do these disputes get resolved and what are the rules?’

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Family Law, 1st December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

MPs urge “complacent” government to consider mandatory mediation to cut clinical negligence costs – Litigation Futures

Posted December 1st, 2017 in dispute resolution, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The government has been “slow and complacent” in its response to the rising costs of clinical negligence and should consider mandatory mediation for certain types of claim, MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said today.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st December 2017

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When divorce bites back: reputational damage and the professional adviser – Family Law

Posted November 28th, 2017 in dispute resolution, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘Professional advisers need to tread very carefully when a client wants to pursue an aggressive strategy to frustrate a spouse’s financial claims during divorce proceedings. Aggressive asset protection might well achieve a client’s financial objectives – at least in the short term. But the consequential reputational damage caused to the client, his or her advisers and their firms can be severe – and lasting.’

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Family Law, 28th November 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

How testing the evidence differs in adjudication and court – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 15th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, evidence, negligence, news by tracey

‘When I read Fraser J’s judgment in Riva Properties Ltd v Foster + Partners Ltd, the thing that struck me was how, in adjudication, we don’t always get the benefit of seeing the evidence tested to the same degree as you do in court or arbitration proceedings.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 14th November 2017

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

New rules to tackle ‘monster’ of civil disclosure – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 6th, 2017 in civil justice, disclosure, dispute resolution, documents, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Parties in civil litigation will have to persuade a court if they want disclosure to encompass more than just certain key documents, under plans for reforming ‘monster’ levels of disclosure.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice Gross – A good forum to shop in: London and English law post-Brexit – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in choice of forum, dispute resolution, shipping law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross – A good forum to shop in: London and English law post-Brexit.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd November 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

MIAMs: a worthy idea, failing in delivery – Family Law Week

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in arbitration, dispute resolution, divorce, families, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Andrew Moore and Sue Brookes, both of Mills and Reeve LLP, consider mediation information assessment meetings, highlighting the flaws in the process and what can be done to improve the current system.’

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Family Law Week, 31st October 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

New research supports calls for no-fault divorce – Family Law

‘A landmark report published today by the Nuffield Foundation calls for an end to fault-based divorce law in England and Wales.’

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Family Law, 30th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Mediation and the judge’s letter to ‘Sam’: judges need to ‘use their imaginations’ – Family Law

Posted October 27th, 2017 in children, dispute resolution, family courts, judges, judgments, news by sally

‘In a recent article Jane Robey makes a serious point about judicial referral of parties to mediation; but she does so by criticising the judgment of Peter Jackson J (now Peter Jackson LJ) and his letter to ‘Sam’. There are lots of things wrong with the family justice system; and take up of mediation is disappointing. To use Peter Jackson J’s direct communication with the subject of the application in his court, as a means of promoting referral to mediation is surely to pick the wrong target?’

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Family Law, 26th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Construction: Adjudication – unilateral withdrawal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in arbitration, construction industry, dispute resolution, news by sally

‘Introduced by the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, the statutory adjudication scheme is a well-established dispute resolution mechanism within the UK construction industry. The scheme is often referred to as a ‘pay now, argue later’ mechanism which seeks to maintain cashflow during construction projects by providing a cost-effective and swift means of determining disputes. Although an adjudication award is binding, it is not final. However, in practice an adjudication award is often the final resolution of a dispute.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd October 2017

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“ADR is failing” says Civil Justice Council but compulsion is not yet the answer – Litigation Futures

Posted October 19th, 2017 in arbitration, Civil Justice Council, dispute resolution, negligence, news, reports by tracey

‘The Woolf reforms have failed to embed alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a major report by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) said today, but it stopped short of calling for the introduction of compulsory ADR.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com