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

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Drafting witness statements from the perspective of a Barrister (8 December)

A case may be won or lost on the strength of the witness evidence and the performance of the witness at trial.

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Commercial litigation update 2017 (30 October)

Join this webinar for an update on key developments for commercial litigators over the past 12 months.


A whole new world for travel – the Package Travel Regulations 2017 (18 October)

Be prepared for the new package travelling regulations which will be effective from 1 January 2018.  

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Part 36 masterclass - 2017 edition (23 May 2017)

Participants will benefit by hearing about the latest developments from the man who chaired the 2015 re-write of Part 36 and who is responsible for the White Book commentary. This Section is inclusive of Civil Litigation Section membership.

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Summer special: Mediation focus

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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.

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So you need an expert. Where do you start?

11 July 2017By

Sandy Mackay, a governor of the Expert Witness Institute and a practising expert in construction for 33 years, explains how to collaborate with an expert. 

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Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businesses

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.

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Commercial litigation conference 2017 (16 October, London)

This event is focused on commercial litigation and costs, and will examine the latest developments in relation to key issues such as budgeting, proportionality, and the extension of fixed costs. 

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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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Litigation Funding magazine - 40% discount for Section membersSubscription

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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