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    95th and 96th CPR updates: what's new?

    12 April 2018 By Cait Sweeney

    The 95th and 96th updates to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) recently came into force. Cait Sweeney looks at the headline changes.

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    Case commentary: Barton v Wright Hassall [2018] UKSC 12

    23 February 2018 By Stephen Mason

    The Supreme Court has ruled against treating a litigant in person as a special case and says the rules as they stand must apply equally to all parties.

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    Kerry Underwood's part 36 update

    6 December 2017 By Kerry Underwood

    Kerry Underwood looks at where we stand with part 36 in light of recent judgments and Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on fixed recoverable costs.

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    Online court: our feedback so far

    22 June 2017

    Law Society policy adviser Alice Owen and Section committee members James Perry and Raj Rai were invited to a demonstration of a prototype of the online court last month. Here, they explain what they saw - and why there is still much work to be done.

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    New rules on electronic track data in admiralty collision claims

    12 April 2017

    Nerys Thomas looks at new guidance to practitioners about changes to CPR 61 (admiralty claims) and the expectations of the admiralty courts in collisions claims in which electronic track data is available.

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    CPR 88th update: what's new?

    30 March 2017 By Cait Sweeney

    The 88th update to the Civil Procedure Rules (SI 2017/95) makes several important changes which will all come into force by 6 April. Cait Sweeney looks at the pivotal developments.

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    Digital woes

    25 November 2016

    Does Lord Justice Briggs’ digital vision truly appreciate the needs of users with a disability, asks Richard Schaverien.

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    McKenzie friends: one step too far?

    24 November 2016

    Changes in funding and the abolition of legal aid are causing well-publicised problems in relation to representation – or the lack of it – in court. Coupled with the significant increase in litigants in person (LiPs), they are dramatically slowing down the courts system. Kerry Underwood explains why he is so concerned about the rise of non-traditional representation arrangements.

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    Reform has failed. Here's how to fix the civil litigation system

    24 November 2016

    The Woolf and Jackson reforms have failed and the cost of litigation has rocketed, says David Abraham. Here, he outlines his vision for a streamlined litigation system in light of Lord Justice Jackson’s call for fixed fees to apply to all claims up to £250k.

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    Civil Courts Structure Review event with LJ Briggs - Q&A and more

    1 July 2016

    On 9 June, the Law Society invited Lord Justice Briggs to Chancery Lane to talk about his proposals for the civil courts. We summarise the main talking points from his speech, and also share the findings of his Q&A session with the audience

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