Practice Areas

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


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?


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


Court reform update – 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.


Podcast: Changes to the Financial Ombudsman Service


Thomas Bell and James Hall discuss the new rules enacted by the Financial Conduct Authority, which substantially expanded the Financial Ombudsman Service’s jurisdiction.

All Litigation in Practice

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Can mediation deliver in cost disputes?


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?


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 report


Jonathan Haydn-Williams reports back from the Civil Mediation Council’s (CMC) annual conference.


What happens in a mediation stays in a mediation. Or does it?


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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The new discount rate – striking a fair balance?


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


Changes to the whiplash claims process


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.

All Personal Injury

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On the record: making the most of time recording


Billable hours remain key to profitability for many law firms but also bring a heavy administrative burden. Andrew Moir and Amanda Chaboryk outline some of the opportunities they’ve found when analysing the time-recording data at Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Walking the line: how to avoid regulatory issues


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.

All Practice Management

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No-deal Brexit guidance: civil and commercial cooperation


What action should your firm be taking in a no-deal scenario?


BTE insurance: Absolute right to own solicitor at all times


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.

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