Law Society publishes report on global position of English and Welsh law

The Law Society of England and Wales has recently launched a new initiative to highlight the attractions of English law and of England and Wales as a leading international legal centre, with key benefits including an independent judiciary, reliable courts and predictable outcomes. Its International Data Insights Report 2023: Global Position of English Law is … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 21: General update

In this 21st episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at developments relating to litigation funding since the Supreme Court’s dramatic decision in Paccar in late July, as well as brief updates on ADR, pre-action conduct and costs. We also discuss developments relating to Russian sanctioned parties, and the disqualification proceedings … Read more

Regime of fixed recoverable costs now in force for claims up to £100,000

The new rules for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) took effect from 1 October, following on from the government’s announcement as far back as September 2021 (see our blog post here). The regime applies only to claims allocated to the fast track (up to £25,000) and less complex claims between £25,000 and £100,000 which are allocated … Read more

Article published: The interplay between data protection rules and civil litigation procedure – some judicial guidance (finally)

It is now more than five years since the GDPR propelled the issue of data protection into the forefront of legal practitioners’ minds. Alongside assisting their clients to navigate the new regime, practitioners had to grapple with how it applied to legal practice – including the conduct of litigation, given that the GDPR’s demands seemed … Read more

New edition of Chancery Guide in force

A new edition of the Chancery Guide was published and came into force on 29 July, just before the start of the summer court recess. The first new edition since 2016, the Guide has been wholly re-written by a working group which was led by the editors, Fancourt J and Master Kaye, and included Chris … Read more

Courts have new powers to allow remote observation of hearings

From today, courts and tribunals have new powers to allow reporters and other members of the public to observe hearings remotely, under new s.85A of the Courts Act 2003 and the Remote Observation and Recording (Courts and Tribunals) Regulations 2022. The Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals have issued practice guidance to … Read more

New edition of Commercial Court Guide includes important updates

The 11th edition of the Commercial Court Guide was published last week, reflecting a variety of changes to court practice. The new edition includes amendments to reflect new ways of working prompted, in part, by the Covid-19 pandemic. So, for example, parties and their legal representatives are encouraged to minimise the use of paper. Bundles … Read more

Government to introduce fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

On 6 September 2021, the government published its response to the 2019 consultation paper, Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases: Implementing Sir Rupert Jackson’s Proposals (considered here). The response notes that it has been delayed principally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the name suggests, a fixed recoverable costs (FRC) regime fixes the amount … Read more