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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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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.

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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.

All Litigation in Practice

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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.

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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.

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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.

All ADR

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Queasy money? Curing travel sickness claimsSubscription

25 September 2018

An epidemic of holiday sickness claims has plagued the travel industry over the past couple of years. Stephen Mason examines the impact of new regulations.

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LASPO: ban on personal injury referral fees isn't working, MoJ told

31 August 2018

Defendant lawyers have told the government that the ban on referral fees in personal injury claims is not working, as part of a wide-ranging response to inform the government’s review of civil litigation funding reforms.

All Personal Injury

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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?

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Conditional fee agreements: what aren’t you telling them?Subscription

16 October 2018

In the final instalment of our series on how to avoid professional negligence claims, PJ Kirby considers new business models and the need for informed consent, looking at the case of Herbert v HH Law Ltd [2018] EWHC 580 (QB).

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?

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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 and Twitter.

*See Section terms and conditions

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