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The Court cracks the whip

Victoria Raven
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A recent case has provided a stark warning to potential defendants that they should pay close attention to court documents and act promptly ( Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust v Shaikh). In this case, the claimant served a claim on the defendant,...

Without prejudice - so what?

Zuzanne Garside
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Many myths and misunderstandings surround the issue of without prejudice communications. What is a without prejudice communication? Without prejudice communications are commonly exchanged in relation to the settlement of disputes. When attempting to...

Costs in the Small Claims Court

Zuzanne Garside
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It is generally accepted that when you bring a claim in the Small Claims Court, you cannot recover your legal costs from the other side if you win. That works both ways. A defendant may happily defend an indefensible claim and make life a misery for a poor...

Your Questions Answered - April 2017

Andrew Turner
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A debtor owes both me and another creditor, jointly, an unpaid debt. I have discussed taking court action against this debtor with my fellow creditor but he is unwilling to go down that particular route. Am I entitled to go it alone? The other creditor...

Experts: the importance of independence

Victoria Raven
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In a large number of cases that litigate, expert evidence is required. Expert evidence is evidence of technical or scientific matters, provided by an independent expert witness with expertise in his or her field. It is usually used to assist the court when...