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Review of practice and procedure in the Chancery Division of the High Court: final report published

A review of current practices and procedures for the conduct of business in the Chancery Division, known as the “Chancery Modernisation Review”, has been undertaken over the past year led by Lord Justice Briggs. The final report was published on … Continue reading

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Substantial court fee increases proposed for commercial claims

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a consultation proposing substantial court fee increases. For certain types of proceedings, these include ”enhanced” fees aimed at recovering more than the cost of running the services to which they relate. The key proposals include: Introducing percentage issue fees for money … Continue reading

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Five Court of Appeal judges designated to hear appeals arising from Jackson reforms

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, has designated five members of the Court of Appeal to hear appeals arising from the Jackson reforms. This implements Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation that particular Court of Appeal judges should be designated to … Continue reading

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Three new Supreme Court Justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of three new justices, or one quarter of the 12-member Court: Lord Justice Hughes, Lord Justice Toulson and Lord Hodge. They will succeed Lord Dyson, who became Master of the Rolls in October 2012, … Continue reading

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ECJ rules in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies before EU courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies in proceedings before the EU courts (i.e. the ECJ and the General Court, previously known as the Court of First Instance): … Continue reading

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New Master of the Rolls and new Supreme Court President from 1 October

Lord Dyson has been appointed as the next Master of the Rolls, with effect from 1 October. He will succeed Lord Neuberger, who is to become the new President of the Supreme Court from the same date when Lord Phillips … Continue reading

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Court statistics for 2011

The Ministry of Justice has published its Judicial and Court Statistics for 2011. These show an increase in claims in the Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court, reverting to 2009 levels after a fall in 2010, but a slight … Continue reading

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Moves toward greater use of judicial docketing

One of Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations, in his January 2010 report on civil litigation costs (see our summary of the key recommendations here), was that cases should be assigned wherever possible to designated judges who have relevant expertise and, so far as … Continue reading

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Government’s proposals to encourage ADR in smaller disputes

The government response has been published to its consultation on “Solving disputes in the County Courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system”, which asked for views on compulsory mediation information sessions, automatic referral to mediation, and extension of … Continue reading

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Two new Supreme Court justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of two new justices, Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath CVO. The two appointments follow the death of Lord Rodger in June 2011 and the forthcoming retirement of Lord Brown in April … Continue reading

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