Civil Litigation

News & articals on civil litigation

Slavish Deference to Deadlines Can Harm Justice

Litigants will have noted the recent toughening of the judicial approach to compliance with directions and case management orders. However, a High Court decision has underlined that a slavish deference to deadlines can itself cause delay and harm the interests of justice.

The owners and managers of a vessel had claimed $500,000 from marine insurers in respect of damage to the ship’s hull and machinery. The former had been required

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Sitting on Hands Not an Option Post Jackson Reforms

In an important ruling, the High Court has made plain that, in the light of Sir Rupert Jackson’s reforms to the civil procedure rules and the ever increasing emphasis on prompt compliance, sitting on hands is no longer an option in civil litigation.

An American businessman who claimed that he had been employed by a UK company buthad not been paid for his work had obtained a default judgment for

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Police Must Compensate Victims of Predator Cabbie

In a landmark case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court ruled that ‘a series of systemic failures’ in the investigative process had caused avoidable delays in bringing him to justice.

Between 2002 and 2008, Worboys, who was jailed for life in 2009, carried out more than 100 rapes

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Debt-Laden Musician Forced to Sell Precious Viola

In a stern warning to those tempted to put up their treasured possessions as security for loans, a classical musician who played on the soundtracks of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films had to sell her beloved viola to at least partially pay off her creditors.

Kathryn Bassano was the proud owner of a viola made by master instrument maker Giovanni Ceruti in 1803, which was valued

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