New president and justices of the Supreme Court announced

It was announced yesterday that Lord Reed will succeed Lady Hale as President of the Supreme Court when she retires on 10 January 2020, having served as president since September 2017. Lord Reed is currently Deputy President, and therefore a new Deputy President will need to be appointed. Three additional appointments were also announced, to … Read more

Government consults on introducing fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

On 28 March 2019, the government published a consultation seeking views on implementing the proposals in Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed recoverable costs (“FRC”) for civil claims, which was published on 31 July 2017 (see this post). The consultation will be open until 6 June 2019. Lord Justice Jackson’s report recommended extending the current … Read more

Open Justice:  Rule changes to increase transparency in the civil courts

From 6 April 2019, a number of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules will come into effect with the intention of reinforcing the principle of open justice and clarifying how it operates in the civil courts. The amendments include: emphasising the general rule that hearings are to be held in public, and clarifying the test … Read more

Draft Civil Procedure Rule changes in the event of a no deal Brexit

The government has published a draft statutory instrument, the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which makes amendments to the CPR that are consequential on the various other civil justice measures that are to be implemented in the event of a no deal Brexit. These include, most importantly, the disapplication of the … Read more

Cross-Border Litigation – international perspectives

We are pleased to publish the second issue of our periodic publication “Cross-Border Litigation”, designed to highlight legal and practical issues specific to litigation with an international aspect. Tapping into the expertise of the firm’s leading commercial litigators across the globe, the publication gives readers the benefit of their hands-on experience and flags key developments that should … Read more

Jackson LJ recommends fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed recoverable costs has been published today. The key recommendation is to introduce a new intermediate track for claims between £25,000 and £100,000, which are of no more than modest complexity and could be tried in three days or less. The new track would have streamlined procedures and be subject to a … Read more

New president and justices of the Supreme Court and new Lord Chief Justice

As announced today, Lady Hale has been appointed the next (and first female) President of the Supreme Court, to replace Lord Neuberger as from 2 October 2017. Lady Hale is currently Deputy President, so that role will have to be filled when her appointment takes effect. There will also be three new Supreme Court Justices from 2 October: Lady … Read more