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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
If you have a big-money case that is expected to run for more than 30 days you could be waiting nine months (see blog) to get your dispute before a Commercial Court judge, the latest report by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge states.
The courts have become a victim of their own success with international litigants flocking to London to sort out their battles. Lord Judge LCJ points out that most long-running battles come from individuals or corporations who have been doing business in Central and Eastern Europe.
All this is taking a toll on judicial time. Such long-running cases demand lengthy periods for writing judgments, after all these can’t be dashed out on a whim.
The courts are moving to embrace an electronic revolution to help things run more smoothly, but will this be enough? Last year London’s Rolls Building gave up on a £10m e-filing system that was meant to help it move away from a paper-based system. Perhaps a second bite of the cherry will prove more succesful.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) contentious tax head Liesl Fichardt has become the latest partner exit the firm after being hired by Clifford Chance
The Court of Appeal will decide whether Andrew Mitchell MP can reverse a High Court decision that the cost of his libel action against The Sun should be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim