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New rules for appeals to the Court of Appeal to apply from 3 October

The procedural rules governing appeals to the Court of Appeal are to be amended and restructured with effect from 3 October 2016.  Key changes include: Removing the automatic right to an oral hearing when renewing an unsuccessful application for permission … Continue reading

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Final report in Lord Justice Briggs’s Civil Courts Structure Review

Lord Justice Briggs's final report in his review of the future of the civil courts structure was published last week. Key recommendations relevant to commercial parties include: establishing an Online Court, initially for money claims up to £25,000 a substantial increase … Continue reading

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Supreme Court clarifies status of Privy Council decisions

The Supreme Court has confirmed that, subject to one qualification, the English courts should never follow a decision of the Privy Council if it is inconsistent with a decision that would otherwise be binding on the lower court: Willers v … Continue reading

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Property Alliance Group v RBS transferred to the Financial List: top tips for parties wishing to successfully transfer proceedings

The recent decision in Property Alliance Group Limited v Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2016] EWHC 207 (Ch) provides helpful early guidance as to the court’s approach to contested applications to transfer proceedings to the newly created Financial List. While … Continue reading

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First reported decision transferring case into Shorter Trials Scheme

A recent High Court decision has confirmed the court's jurisdiction to transfer cases into the Shorter Trials Scheme, a streamlined procedure which aims to progress a case through to judgment within about a year of issuing proceedings: Family Mosaic Home Ownership … Continue reading

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Interim report published in Civil Courts Structure Review

Lord Justice Briggs's interim report in his review of the future of the civil courts structure was published yesterday, 12 January 2016. Key aspects include: Urgent measures are needed to address the current overload in the Court of Appeal, where a 54% increase in … Continue reading

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Government rows back from plans to double cap on court issue fees

The government has today published its response to its recent consultation on further court fee increases. The good news for court users is that it has decided not to proceed with plans to increase the cap on fees to issue … Continue reading

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New specialist Financial List and pilot of Financial Markets Test Case Scheme

A new specialist Financial List is to be introduced in the High Court from 1 October. It will deal with financial markets claims for more than £50 million, or which require particular expertise in the financial markets, or which raise issues of general importance … Continue reading

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New pilots of streamlined procedures for claims in the main business courts

Two pilot schemes, the Shorter Trials Scheme and the Flexible Trials Scheme, will be introduced for claims commenced from 1 October and will run for a period of two years. The schemes allow for shorter and more flexible procedures for claims brought … Continue reading

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Another round of massive court fee hikes proposed

Less than four months after the last round of fee increases for civil claims (see post), the government has today opened a consultation on further significant increases which, if implemented, would (at least) double the cost of issuing money claims above £400,000, … Continue reading

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