Financial markets test case pilot to be extended despite no cases in nearly two years – Litigation Futures

Posted June 26th, 2017 in judges, lists, markets, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The financial markets test case pilot scheme is to be extended in time and scope because senior judges have seen its value – even though not a single case has gone through it in nearly two years.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2017

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Cap on benefits for single parents with toddlers ruled unlawful in landmark judgment – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in benefits, class actions, families, government departments, judges, news, poverty by tracey

‘A central plank of the Government’s benefit reform programme has suffered a major setback after a High Court judge ruled it was unlawful and was causing “real misery” to single parents and their children.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2017

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Revealed: Jackson’s fixed fees pilot to cap costs at £80k – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2017 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Pointers for the potential level of fixed costs for civil claims have been revealed on the eve of a pilot scheme to test how the idea will work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th June 2017

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The Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls: The Civil Court of the Future – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted June 15th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, internet, judges, speeches by sally

The Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls: The Civil Court of the Future

Judiciary of England and Wales, 15th June 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Limitation and the threshold for article 3/8 investigative claims – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 12th, 2017 in delay, domestic violence, human rights, judges, limitations, news, time limits by sally

‘Lavender J in MLIA & CLEL v Chief Constable of Hampshire [2017] EWHC 292 (QB) has offered helpful guidance on the application of the limitation defence for human rights claims, in a case which failed to meet the threshold for engaging the investigative duty under Articles 3 and 8 of the Convention.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 11th June 2017

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Whip-lash away? – Counsel

Posted June 9th, 2017 in barristers, bills, costs, damages, judges, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘As the general election pauses the planned whiplash reforms, Robert Weir QC examines the winners and losers, implications for personal injury litigation and disproportionate impact on the junior Bar.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Judge agrees natural father should not be given notice of care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A natural father need not be given a copy of a notice of care proceedings where this would create a risk for the mother, HHJ Bellamy has ruled in the Family Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Judge dismisses prosecution of taxi company over cross-border bookings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A taxi firm did not break the law when an automated booking system allocated a customer enquiry in one local authority area to a cab owned by the same firm but licensed by a neighbouring council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Judge mugged at champagne bottle-point by thief who demanded kiss goodbye, court hears – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2017 in burglary, judges, news, robbery by sally

‘High Court judge was mugged at champagne bottle-point by a thief who then demanded a kiss goodbye, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2017

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Appeal court judge outlines hesitation at penalising parties who shun mediation – Litigation Futures

Posted May 25th, 2017 in appeals, arbitration, costs, judges, news by tracey

‘Litigants who shun mediation because they want their day in court should not be penalised for their conduct, a Court of Appeal judge has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th May 2017

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Angry judge locks up criminal for calling him ‘mate’ in court – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2017 in contempt of court, costs, debts, fines, judges, news, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘A judge has thrown a racist who called him “mate” in court behind bars for being disrespectful.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2017

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Mercantile courts to trial fixed costs from later this year – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 24th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, courts, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A fixed costs pilot scheme could get underway in the mercantile courts by the end of this year, according to minutes from recent meetings of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd May 2017

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Judge outlines concern over “extraordinary” £129m costs of RBS in defending rights issue case – Litigation Futures

Posted May 24th, 2017 in banking, costs, insurance, judges, news, payment into court by sally

‘The judge in charge of the RBS rights issue litigation has outlined his “very great concern” about the “extraordinary” costs racked up by the bank, which are currently estimated at £129m.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th May 2017

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Unregistered barrister allowed to serve claim for LiP – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 24th, 2017 in barristers, documents, judges, litigants in person, news, service, third parties by sally

‘A litigant in person has been allowed to serve their claim through an unregistered barrister, despite protestations it was unlawful.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd May 2017

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35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Lionel Cohen Lecture by the Lord Chief Justice: The judiciary within the state – governance and cohesion of the judiciary – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lionel Cohen Lecture by the Lord Chief Justice: The judiciary within the state – governance and cohesion of the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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Lord Chief Justice emphasises vital role of law schools in face of education reforms – Legal Futures

Posted May 18th, 2017 in judges, legal education, news, speeches, universities by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has signalled concerns about the impending reform to educating law students, saying that a “very broadly based legal education” and law schools “as the centres of excellence” must not be diluted.’

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Legal Futures, 18th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Divorce should be separate from money battles, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2017 in divorce, financial provision, judges, news by tracey

‘The process of obtaining a divorce should be completely separated from a couple’s disputes over money, according to the most senior family judge in England and Wales. Referring to the government’s “lamentable history of procrastination” in reforming divorce laws, Sir James Munby called for the streamlining of new online divorce procedures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2017

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Judges’ intervention prompts video-link rethink for youth cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in courts, judges, live link evidence, news, young persons by sally

‘A senior judge has shed light on the push by the government to conduct court proceedings via video despite widespread concerns.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th May 2017

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Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk