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Civil Litigation Section

Practice Areas

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

Simon Davis

The Rule of Law and I, Solicitor

4 December 2018

Simon Davis, next President of the Law Society, considers the role of solicitors in upholding the rule of law.

Edward Cooke

Success story: Battling for local justice

12 October 2018

Edward Cooke explains what it was like to take on the government and Whitehall juggernaut in a bid to save local court provision in Chichester.

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Legal professional privilege revisited – but not for the last time

25 September 2018

In the landmark case of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), the Court of Appeal has overturned a controversial High Court decision restricting the application of litigation privilege. Elisabeth Ross considers what this means for practitioners.

All Litigation in Practice


ADR: new recommendationsSubscription

7 December 2018

Peter Causton summarises the latest ADR recommendations from the Civil Justice Council’s report.

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Mediation – where do we go now?Subscription

14 August 2018Updated: 15 August 2018

Mediation continues to face challenges in its journey from an alternative to mainstream form of dispute resolution, not least being overshadowed by Brexit. Peter Causton rounds up the latest developments.


Mediation in uncertain times: CMC annual conference reportSubscription

2 June 2017

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



Royal assent for whiplash reforms

3 January 2019

Two pieces of legislation came into force just before Christmas which will transform the personal injury sector and set the ball rolling on sweeping court reforms.

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Setting the personal injury discount rate: Call for evidence

6 December 2018

The government is seeking evidence relating to setting the personal injury discount rate. Consultation closes on 30 January 2019.

All Personal Injury

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Clear to see: price transparencySubscription

5 December 2018

On 6 December 2018, new transparency rules come into force requiring law firms to publish certain price, service and regulatory information. Sarah Brodie outlines the details.

Alex Hatchman receiving Excellence Award for practice management - October 2018

Success story: Excellent work

5 December 2018

In October 2018, Alex Hatchman was the first person to win the Law Society’s Excellence in Practice Management Award. We asked her about the changes she’s introduced and challenges she faced.

All Practice Management

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No-deal Brexit guidance: civil and commercial cooperation

7 November 2018

What action should your firm be taking in a no-deal scenario?


BTE insurance: Absolute right to own solicitor at all timesSubscription

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.

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 amd Twitter.

*See Section terms and conditions

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