Civil Litigation Section

Welcome to the Civil Litigation Section - the community for civil litigators and mediators

We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of civil litigation practice, for our regular members-only e-newsletters

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The DWF paralegal hub: the new face of litigation?

25 July 2016

A year ago, national law firm DWF overhauled its business model and introduced a range of new client services, including a centralised legal support centre with paralegals working on everything from e-disclosure to bundling. DWF director Julia Williams explains how this paralegal hub is transforming the way it undertakes litigation, and the financial and practical rewards it is reaping.

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The advantages and disadvantages of mediation

14 June 2016By

Mediation has many advantages, but there are also downsides to it that should not be overlooked, warns Philip Hesketh

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They think it’s all over... it should be nowSubscription

13 December 2016By

Mark Field considers the final steps of a mediation.

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Interview: Tim Wallis, mediator and solicitorSubscription

3 October 2016

We speak to independent full-time mediator Tim Wallis ( on his daily practice, including the selection process, his pre-mediation service, handling difficult clients, and what happens once the day is over. He also gives his best practice advice on making the mediation go as smoothly as possible.

More on ADR

We regularly hand-pick the most important civil cases and provide clear and concise analysis of the issues involved and any actions you should consider taking

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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.

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We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of civil litigation practice, for our regular e-newsletter. Read sample articles exclusively here

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Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businessesSubscription

7 April 2017By

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.

Gareth Raisbeck

Junior civil litigators: reaching higher

17 February 2017By

Civil and commercial litigation is exciting, cutting edge and prestigious. It can also be ‘run of the mill’, cheap and stressful. What can junior litigation solicitors do to enhance their professional development in the modern world, asks Gareth Raisbeck.


Experience and innovation: dispute resolution funding in 2017

3 February 2017By

Rosie Ioannou explains why third party funding exploded in 2016, and what to expect of 2017.

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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District judge (Magistrates’ Court) judicial appointment: understanding the application process (20 March)

The Solicitor Judges Division is hosting a free judicial appointments preparation event at the Law Society for the district judge (magistrate court) exercise launching on 21 March 2017.

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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:

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  • Budgeting and Management
  • Court Fees
  • Access to Justice
  • Alternative dispute resolution
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  • Fixed Costs
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Published every two months, the magazine delivers unique and in-depth coverage of the latest issues relating to costs and funding – from those in the know. Section members receive an exclusive 40% discount

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