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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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Flexible court hours pilot to start in September 2019

25 June 2019

Court bosses have finally confirmed the start date for the long-anticipated extended sitting hours pilot.

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Time to modernise the Civil Procedure Rules on service by email?Subscription

7 June 2019

John Cuss asks whether it’s time to update the Civil Procedure Rules in respect of service by email.


Court reform update – June 2019

6 June 2019

Emily Weidner, Law Society policy advisor for modernising justice, provides an update on the latest from the HM Courts & Tribunals Service court reform programme.

All Litigation in Practice

Avi Dolties

Can mediation deliver in cost disputes?

18 January 2019

Avi Dolties asks whether it’s time to start tapping into mediation to settle costs disputes.

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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.



Changes to the whiplash claims process

6 June 2019

As part of its whiplash reform programme, the government is increasing the small claims limit for road traffic accident related personal injury claims to £5,000.


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.

All Personal Injury

Michelle Garlick

Walking the line: how to avoid regulatory issues

4 June 2019

Balancing your duties as a solicitor can sometimes be tricky. Michelle Garlick reviews the key risks that you need to be aware of, in order to avoid regulatory issues.

Sally Mallinson-Ayres - SHU Law

Success story: student law firm

4 April 2019

Sheffield Hallam University has created its own law firm, SHU Law, to offer students ‘real life work experience’ during their studies. We asked Sally Mallinson-Ayres how it will work.

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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