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A recent decision by the Court of Appeal now means that car making giants Volkswagen will not be able to appeal the decision that it did circumvent EU clean air regulations. The decision is a key preliminary issue in the current class action the German manufacturer is facing.

New data recently published by the The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) has revealed that complaints made against law firms in the UK have seen a 9% increase based on the previous year.

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Business at all levels is underpinned by contracts. These can range from simple verbal agreements for low value transactions through to complex and detailed written agreements between corporations and governments. To save on the risk of future avoidable legal actions, writing a contract that is suitable for the transaction or agreement is key. A contract is a pledge, between two or more parties (be they individuals or organisations), that is legally binding. It is designed to the fulfilment of commitment in exchange for something of value. Whilst some contracts may be made verbally, there are some that must be in writing, such as for a property transaction.

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As part of the UK government’s attempts to speed up the processing of claims that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has recently announced the location of the first ten temporary courts.
Dubbed ‘Nightingale Courts’ after the emergency intensive care hospitals that were set up in record time during the pandemic’s peak, the new, temporary will hopefully be finished and in use by the end of August. The first such court, at East Pallant House in Chichester, Sussex, is due to open by the start of next week. The new locations opening soon are:

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Despite the recent revelations highlighting the extent of the delays and backlog of cases in UK courts, the latest set of financial results by specialist litigation funder Manolette suggests that demand is still increasing and that the litigation funding sector is in rude health, with new enquiry volumes doubling compared to the previous year.

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  • In a further sign of the burgeoning litigation and dispute resolution market in the UK, a London based litigation funding provider is making available funding in excess £585m to tackle high-value civil litigation claims in the UK courts. Read More

  • New research published recently by insurance broker and risk managers Gallagher suggests that incidents of legal threats, claims and formal complaints against UK companies is likely to continue to increase over the next few years. With the volume of such actions having over doubled since 2018 and having increased by an incredible 300% since 2016, it is vital that UK businesses take positive steps to mitigate against such eventualities. The Gallagher data, based on surveying more than 3,000 UK businesses across multiple sectors, found that in the past five years, over half (56%) of all businesses have faced an accusation, claim or allegation of unlawful behaviour. Sectors facing the most litigation include IT (72%) and construction (60%), and amongst these the proportion is even higher.Employees make up the bulk of the accusations (44%), followed by customers (23%), clients (22%) and suppliers... Read More

  • Following the collapse of construction giant Carillion in Jan 2018, litigation funding has recently been confirmed allowing the defunct business to pursue legal action against accountants KPMG. The funding has been agreed by Litigation Capital Management (LCM), who have agreed to fund the £250m claim being made by Carillion’s liquidator in the Commercial Court. It what is widely regarded as the largest ever corporate failure in the UK’s construction sector, Carillion collapsed in January 2018 with reported liabilities of around £7bn. Before their collapse, Carillion formed part of a consortium that held contracts to build part of the forthcoming HS2 high speed railway line, it maintained 50,000 homes for the Ministry of Defence and managed schools, highways and prisons. On 10 July 2017, Carillion announced that its profits would be hit to the tune of £845m and, as a consequence, its chief... Read More