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In brief: Lloyd's hearings denied global moratorium

The prospect of a global moratorium on Lloyd’s action group hearings has receded. The idea was put forward by D J Freeman, which told the Commercial Court that action groups with trial dates set before the finalisation of the Lloyd’s settlement offer were effectively prevented from considering it because of the importance of retaining their […]

Andrew Paton speaks out in favour of ADR

On 24 January the Lord Chief Justice and the Vice Chancellor handed down a practice direction “Case management in civil litigation” applying to all lists in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions. To anyone who has run a recent case in the Commercial Court the direction’s terms will be familiar. The first nine paragraphs are […]

CPS set for nationwide email system in efficiency drive

Pilot electronic mail (email) systems are to be introduced in the Hampshire and Suffolk Crown Prosecution Service offices this month. The initiative is part of a major project to co-ordinate IT throughout the criminal justice system. CPS IT manager Roger Barbour says the project is the first step toward a comprehensive CPS email service which […]

Missing the point

I am afraid that John Lymbury’s letter which appeared in The Lawyer 27 March evades the real issues. It is precisely because it is “an official Group” that the Sole Practitioners Group cannot accept solicitors who are not members of the Law Society. It is also because it has chosen to be entirely dependent on […]

Good to talk on judge's summons phone line

OFFICIAL Referee Judge Bowsher QC is running a pilot scheme to hear summonses by telephone. The scheme, which was suggested by Lord Woolf, is only available to solicitors whose case is in the list of the Official Referee. To comply, all the parties have to agree to be heard over the telephone and at least […]

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