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Costs judge finds information from mediation is admissible when considering costs consequences of settlement

A costs judge has held that information about a party's costs provided for the purposes of a mediation could be used as evidence when considering the cost consequences of a subsequent settlement: Savings Advice Limited v EDF Energy Customers Ltd … Continue reading

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Two High Court decisions illustrate broad application of without prejudice protection

In two recent cases, the courts have rejected attempts to introduce evidence of without prejudice (WP) communications. The decisions emphasise the important public policy role of the WP rule in encouraging settlement by ensuring parties can negotiate freely, without fear … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds settlement offer not subject to “without prejudice” protection as it amounted to an unambiguously improper threat

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the rarely invoked "unambiguous impropriety" exception to without prejudice ("WP") privilege: Ferster v Ferster [2016] EWCA Civ 717. Upholding the decision of Rose J at first instance, the Court of Appeal found that … Continue reading

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Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how … Continue reading

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ADR for consumer disputes: New obligations on UK traders from 1 October 2015

The UK government has now published the principal legislation that will implement the European ADR Directive and the European Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation, both of which seek to encourage the use of ADR to resolve consumer disputes across the EU. … Continue reading

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Article published: Mediation for in-house lawyers

Alexander Oddy and Jan O’Neill of Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office have published an article in PLC Magazine: Mediation for In-house Lawyers – Preparing for Success. In-house counsel can play a critical role in the preparation for a mediation – both in working with … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills publishes client research on the use of mediation in Hong Kong

Our Hong Kong dispute resolution team has published a new guide “ADR in Asia: Spotlight on mediation in Hong Kong” following a survey of around 100 clients and contacts on their use of mediation as a dispute resolution tool in Hong … Continue reading

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Court has broad discretion to order costs budgeting in cases falling outside mandatory regime

The High Court has considered the extent of the court’s discretion to order costs budgeting in cases where budgets are not automatically required. Under the rules in force since 22 April 2014, that means claims for more than £10 million, … Continue reading

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A unique interactive convention: Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution

A convention being held next month at the Guildhall, London, on Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution will bring together an extensive cross-section of ADR and arbitration service providers, corporate users and thought leaders to discuss the future direction of … Continue reading

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High Court finds agreement to engage in time limited “friendly discussions” is enforceable

The Commercial Court has held that a dispute resolution clause requiring the parties to seek to resolve a dispute by friendly discussions constituted an enforceable condition precedent to arbitration: Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited [2014] … Continue reading

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