Even more people set to benefit from online court reform – Ministry of Justice

‘New legislation making it even easier for court users to apply for small money claims or divorce online was unveiled in the House of Lords today (1 May 2019).’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 1st May 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Judge disapplies QOCS after claimants’ failure to pay court fee – Litigation Futures

‘A failure to pay a trial fee can result in qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) being disapplied on strike-out, a judge has ruled.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 29th April 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Digital Court Reform Conference: David Gauke speech – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 4th, 2018 in electronic filing, small claims, speeches by tracey

‘The Secretary of State for Justice spoke at the first international forum on online court services.’

Full speech

Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

No basis for face-to-face justice, says digital court guru Susskind – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2018 in civil justice, electronic filing, news, small claims by tracey

‘No basis exists in jurisprudence or legal philosophy for conducting justice face-to-face in physical premises, one of the architects of the online court told a conference yesterday.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Gauke to exempt vulnerable road users from whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2018 in accidents, compensation, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘Vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists, will be completely exempt from the government’s whiplash reforms, the Lord Chancellor announced yesterday.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 5th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Temperature starts to rise ahead of Civil Liability Bill debate – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2018 in bills, claims management, insurance, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘The rhetoric is heating up ahead of the second reading of the Civil Liability Bill in the House of Commons next week, with the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) and Association of British Insurers (ABI) both speaking out yesterday.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 30th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Plan to change personal injury claim rules ‘will penalise victims’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2018 in costs, news, personal injuries, small claims, victims by sally

‘Victims will find it harder to secure compensation from employers under plans to double the lower limit for recovering costs in minor injury cases, the Ministry of Justice has been warned.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 29th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court of Appeal to rule on 100% success fee model for low-value PI claims – Litigation Futures

Posted July 27th, 2018 in fees, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘The Court of Appeal is to rule on the legality of what has become the industry model for handling low-value personal injury claims, with firms charging clients a 100% success fee as standard.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 26th July 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Whiplash reforms delayed a year to April 2020 – Legal Futures

Posted July 17th, 2018 in delay, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘Implementation of the government’s whiplash reforms is to be delayed by a year to April 2020, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 17th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Online courts: calls for more research into how to support access – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 13th, 2018 in dispute resolution, electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘It should not be assumed that making ‘assisted digital support’ (ADS) services available will ensure everyone can engage with an online court system, according to a new report.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 12th June 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Bar Council backs Justice Committee concerns over increasing small claims limit – The Bar Council

Posted May 18th, 2018 in personal injuries, press releases, select committees, small claims by tracey

‘Yesterday’s report from the Justice Select Committee highlighted concerns over plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 which, according to the Bar Council, could undermine access to justice for those injured in accidents.’

Full press release

The Bar Council, 18th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Court of Appeal finds way to apply fixed costs to EL case wrongly run outside portal – Litigation Futures

‘A claimant who wrongly began and settled their claim for noise-induced hearing loss outside of the EL/PL protocol should be limited to fixed costs under the provisions that penalise poor conduct in costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

First building block of Online Court goes public – Legal Futures

Posted April 6th, 2018 in county courts, electronic filing, news, pilot schemes, small claims by sally

‘The first element of the Online Court went public today, with a beta test enabling people to issue county court money claims for up to £10,000 more easily.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 6th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Uncertainty Around The Proposed Personal Injury Reforms Continues… – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 16th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have been aware of the government’s plans to reform how personal injury claims are dealt with for some time. Originally, the new proposals were to come into force in October 2018. However, as a result of the General Election in 2017, the Prisons and Courts Bill did not progress.’

Full Story

Zenith Chambers, 6th March 2018

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Lidington confirms rise in small claims limit for personal injury cases – Legal Futures

Posted October 26th, 2017 in accidents, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘The small claims limit for RTA cases will rise to £5,000 – as they are not cases where people should usually need a lawyer – and the limit for other personal injury cases to £2,000, the justice secretary, David Lidington, confirmed today. But he could not say when.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 25th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“All to play for” on Civil Liability Bill, personal injury leaders say – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2017 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘Leading personal injury lawyers told yesterday’s PI Futures conference that there is “all to play for” on the Civil Liability Bill as a “nervous” governments seeks to avoid a damaging parliamentary defeat.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 20th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Quick and dirty” online justice better than no justice, says Neuberger as he laments legal aid policy failure – Legal Futures

‘“Quick and dirty” online dispute resolution (ODR) is better than “no justice or absurdly over-priced justice”, the president of the Supreme Court has said in a wide-ranging speech that included a devastating critique of legal aid policy over the past two decades.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 5th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Recovering costs – helpful hints (private law) – Local Government Lawyer

‘James E. Petts sets out some key considerations for local authorities looking to recover their costs.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 9th June 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Unreasonable Behaviour – Costs on the Small Claims Track – Dammermann v Lanyon Bowdler LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 269 – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 18th, 2017 in appeals, costs, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘In 2002, Mr. Dammermann entered into a mortgage with a bank. He defaulted on that mortgage and LPA receivers were appointed. The receivers appointed Lanyon Bowdler to conduct the sale of the property. On sale of the property Lanyon rendered a bill to the receivers that was paid and became part of the secured liability. Mr. Dammermann issued proceedings contesting the legal fees charged.’

Full story

Zenith PI Blog, 17th May 2017

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Civil procedure: Unreasonable conduct and costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news, small claims by sally

‘It is trite that a court will carefully scrutinise the parties’ behaviour when assessing costs in civil disputes. There is now a rich body of case law which provides judicial guidance on the courts’ general approach in assessing unreasonable behaviour when considering whether to make adverse costs orders. Further judicial guidance on assessing unreasonable behaviour has recently been given by the Court of Appeal in Dammermann v Lanyon Bowdler LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 269. In that case the court provided important guidance on the ‘unreasonable behaviour’ test for ordering costs in the small claims court.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk