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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 courts could bankrupt solicitor firms, warns Law Society

18 August 2017

The Law Society has warned the senior judge tasked with modernising the courts service that solicitors’ firms could be forced to close if they have to compensate fee-earners made to work overtime under the out-of-hours court pilot.

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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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Is an expert needed? London Aviation Ltd v Royal Bank of ScotlandSubscription

23 May 2017

The recently reported case of London Aviation Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2017] EWHC 1037 (Ch) decided that an expert was not ‘reasonably required’ because, on the facts of the case, an expert was unlikely to assist the judge.

All Litigation in Practice

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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.

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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.

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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.

All ADR

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Law Society launches new injury-related accreditations

5 June 2017Updated: 19 June 2017

The Law Society has launched two accreditations to help consumers identify practitioners that specialise in occupational injury (disease) and catastrophic injury.

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Law Society blog: Law firm marketing ban in hospitals won’t cure NHS ills

3 May 2017

Read our blog post by Richard Miller, head of Justice at the Law Society, in which he argues that plans to ban personal injury firms advertising in hospitals in England are short-sighted and counter-productive.

All Personal Injury

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Book review: Kerry Underwood on Personal Injury Small Claims Portals

7 June 2017

Stephen Hines reviews Kerry Underwood’s three-volume guide on all aspects of funding, small claims, the portals and fixed costs.

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Law Society launches new injury-related accreditations

5 June 2017Updated: 19 June 2017

The Law Society has launched two accreditations to help consumers identify practitioners that specialise in occupational injury (disease) and catastrophic injury.

All Practice Management

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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