Families ‘hit by legal aid plans’ – BBC News

“Thousands of vulnerable people facing family breakdown could end up without legal representation because of planned changes to legal aid, according to a legal group.”

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BBC News, 21st April 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court chaos as hard-up couples try DIY divorce – The Guardian

“The biggest shake-up of divorce in a generation is in danger of creating a two-tier system, with wealthier couples benefitting far more than less well-off couples. The warning comes as a survey of more than 6,500 divorce lawyers found that new guidelines, requiring couples to look at mediation as an alternative to using courts, were largely being ignored.”

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family Mediation: a safe place to have a difficult conversation – Carol Rawlence – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 20th, 2012 in dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

“I originally came across mediation through Stephen Ruttle QC from Brick Court; he asked me to sit in on mediation and I could immediately see the positive and creative application of mediation for families. Family breakdown is not a legal issue but a relationship issue.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th April 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New Pilot To Show Mediation Can Work For The Court Of Appeal – Judiciary of England and Wales

“A new pilot scheme is designed to give a shot in the arm to the Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme (CAMS). It will be managed by CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution) which administers CAMS.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 30th March 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

The Reform of Clinical Negligence Litigation – Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Posted March 26th, 2012 in costs, dispute resolution, health, negligence, speeches by sally

The Reform of Clinical Negligence Litigation (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Clinical Negligence Seminar, 22nd March 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Nominet rules prevent findings of abusive domain name registrations being re-heard in court, High Court rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 21st, 2012 in dispute resolution, domain names, internet, news by sally

“Those registering ‘.uk’ domain names are not entitled to a fresh hearing in court to assess whether they have abusively registered those domains if the issue has already been determined through an industry dispute resolution service, the High Court has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st March 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Carpets not legal action’ to solve neighbour dispute – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2012 in appeals, costs, dispute resolution, news, noise, nuisance by sally

“A £140,000 court case could have been avoided with ‘a moderate degree of carpeting’, a senior judge has said.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A working life: the divorce mediator – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2012 in costs, dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

“With meditation now compulsory for couples who want a divorce, Neal Robinson’s practice has an ever-increasing workload.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution In Furthering The Aims of The Civil Litigation Costs Review – Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Posted March 8th, 2012 in arbitration, costs, dispute resolution, speeches by sally

The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution In Furthering The Aims of The Civil Litigation Costs Review (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

RICS Expert Witness Conference, 8th March 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

ISPs could act as ‘liaison’ in online defamation disputes, Government announces – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 7th, 2012 in defamation, dispute resolution, internet, news by sally

“Internet service providers (ISPs) and other “online intermediaries” could be forced to act as go-betweens in defamation disputes on the internet in a bid to resolve cases before they reach court, the Government has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Family arbitration – a soft launch or a hard landing? Some provisional thoughts – Family Law Week

Posted February 27th, 2012 in arbitration, dispute resolution, families, news by tracey

“Family arbitration – a soft launch or a hard landing? Some provisional thoughts.”

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Family Law week, 26th February 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Branson wins right to own porn web address featuring his name – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 22nd, 2012 in dispute resolution, domain names, internet, news, pornography, trade marks by sally

“An Australian man has been ordered to transfer his ownership of the richardbranson.xxx domain name to UK entrepreneur Richard Branson.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd February 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Back to Basics: A Practical Guide to Adjudication and Enforcement – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2012 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, news by sally

“If you are a party to a construction contract and are trying to find a fast and efficient way to resolve a dispute arising out of the contract, you may be able to take advantage of the adjudication procedure set out in the Housing, Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Statutory Scheme for Construction Contracts Regulations 1998. Catherine Piercy has written an article to assist in determining whether your contract falls within the statutory scheme. Once you have decided that you have a construction contract which falls within the HGCRA and is subject to the Statutory Scheme, this article provides a step by step guide to the adjudication and the adjudication process.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th February 2012

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

It’s LDEDCA, Not HGCRA, Obviously! – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2012 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, news by sally

“Adjudication is an increasingly used form of dispute resolution within the construction industry. It involves an independent, third party, considering the factual and legal arguments put forward by each party to a construction contract in order to resolve a dispute that has arisen under the contract.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th February 2012

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

High Street Gloom, Adjudication Boom – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2012 in abuse of process, dispute resolution, jurisdiction, news by sally

“Forum shopping is an ill against which the courts are always vigilant to guard. Adjudication is a process that, naturally, is vulnerable to forum shopping because the parties have control over the selection of the tribunal that is to decide the dispute, which is unlike anything that would occur in the ordinary run of litigation.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th February 2012

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Norgrove – The Response Considered – Family Law Week

Posted February 13th, 2012 in children, dispute resolution, divorce, grandparents, news by sally

“Sally Gore, barrister, of 14 Gray’s Inn Square analyses the Government’s response to the Family Justice Review in the context of current family law practice.”

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Family Law Week, 13th February 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Clarke: mediation the future for separating families – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 24th, 2012 in arbitration, dispute resolution, divorce, families, news by sally

“Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has today (23 January) urged separating couples to consider mediation when they separate or divorce, instead of turning to the courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd January 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

HMRC extends alternative dispute resolution trial for smaller businesses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2012 in dispute resolution, HM Revenue & Customs, news, pilot schemes, taxation, tribunals by sally

“An alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pilot which allows smaller businesses to resolve tax disputes without having to resort to a tribunal is to be extended, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

The “Other” Adjudication: why property lawyers need to know about construction adjudication – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 5th, 2011 in construction industry, dispute resolution, news by sally

“In a property context, when we talk about adjudication, we normally mean the Land Registry adjudication procedure for resolving disputes about registered land.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 30th November 2011

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Bar Council Chairman-Elect Calls for Further Modernisation of Civil Litigation – The Bar Council

Posted November 1st, 2011 in barristers, dispute resolution, news by sally

“Michael Todd QC, the Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called for further modernisation of civil litigation. Speaking at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Dubai, on ‘advocacy in commercial litigation’, he said the time has come to find ways for the more efficient delivery of dispute resolution services.”

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The Bar Council, 1st November 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk