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Civil Litigation Section

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The Civil Litigation Section covers the practice of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including costs, fees and funding, relief from sanctions, disclosure, expert witnesses, and court rules and procedure. We also cover practice management issues for civil litigation firms and departments, from consumer contracts to staffing

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How to make a derivative claimSubscription

15 June 2018

A derivative claim allows an aggrieved shareholder to use the company’s name and funds to pursue directors for breaches of fiduciary duty. Kerry Underwood explains the process and considers relevant case law in this important area, focusing on the impact on charities.

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

12 April 2018

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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Litigants in person: the new hardline approach

6 April 2018

Kerry Underwood explains the string of recent case law which suggests the courts are taking a much tougher approach to litigants in person.

All Litigation in Practice


Mediation in uncertain times: CMC annual conference report

2 June 2017

Jonathan Hayden-Williams reports back from the Civil Mediation Council’s (CMC) annual conference.


What happens in a mediation stays in a mediation. Or does it?Subscription

5 April 2017

In Savings Advice Ltd, Master Howarth found that factual statements as to the amount of costs used in mediations could be used in subsequent assessment proceedings. Does this mean not everything in a mediation stays secret, asks Deborah Burke.


Mediation: Preparing to mediate (part 2) - On the daySubscription

21 April 2016

In the second of a three-part series on effective mediation strategies, Amanda Bucklow considers how you can make the mediation day the best opportunity for certainty of outcome for your client.


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MoJ to increase small claims limit for motoring claims in April 2019 - read our response

16 February 2018

Ministry of Justice officials have confirmed that plans to increase the small claims limit for motoring claims will be implemented in April 2019. 

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Insurers bound by protocol to pay solicitors costs, Supreme Court hears

16 February 2018

Insurers are legally obliged to pay costs to claimant solicitors for initiating claims in the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) portal, the Law Society has submitted to the Supreme Court.

All Personal Injury

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Costs and professional negligence: ATE and third party funding

21 June 2018

In the first of a three-part series on how to avoid professional negligence claims, PJ Kirby QC looks at where claims may arise around after-the-event insurance policies and litigation funding.

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Don't be afraid of the new bill of costsSubscription

13 April 2018

The new electronic bill of costs is here. Claire Green of the Association of Costs Lawyers explains why you shouldn’t panic.

All Practice Management


BTE insurance: Absolute right to own solicitor at all times

29 November 2017

A European court has ruled that a legal expenses insurer’s terms and conditions were incompatible with the Solvency II Directive, and that the claimant had a free choice of lawyer under a contract of legal expense insurance. Kerry Underwood’s response? Don’t take no for an answer from BTE insurers.

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Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businesses

7 April 2017

The House of Lords EU Committee has published a report about the effect of Brexit on three EU Regulations which together ‘play an important role in facilitating the daily operation of the European legal system’. Jonathan Haydn-Williams looks at the Committee’s conclusions as to the Brussels I Regulation ‘recast’ relating to civil and commercial matters.

All Cross-Border / Jurisdiction

Civil Litigation Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Civil Litigation Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Costs
  • Budgeting and Management
  • Court Fees
  • Access to Justice
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Profitability
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Fixed Costs
  • J Codes
  • Adjudication
  • Service
  • Jurisdiction
  • Consumer Protection
  • Rome II

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Workshops, Webinars, Conferences,
E-newsletters, Magazines and Twitter.

*See Section terms and conditions

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