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Court Bundles – if we don’t fear them, we should

The team knows of one eminent silk whose greatest apprehension prior to appearing in the Court of Appeal is not about his (meticulous) case preparation or his (encyclopaedic) legal knowledge, but whether the Court will raise some hitherto unnoticed issue with pagination….

To Budget or Not to Budget? The arguments for and against costs budgeting at an early stage in proceedings

In May 2023 the Civil Justice Council published its Costs Review setting out its recommended alterations to the rules governing costs in respect of claims issued in the courts of England and Wales. In summary, as regards costs budgeting the Review found…

The Dekagram: 2nd October 2023

This week’s Dekagram is all about jurisdiction and in particular the application of the post-Brexit rules on service outside the jurisdiction. As anticipated, Brexit has led to an avalanche of contested applications around jurisdiction, some of them relating to proceedings issued prior…

The Dekagram: 25th September 2023

You wait ages for a government consultation, and then they all come along at once. Not only is the consultation on fixed recoverable costs ongoing (particularly excitingly, given that the regime is only a week from implementation), the (mixed) results are in…

The Dekagram: 18th September 2023

This week’s Dekagram features carriage by air, sea and torpedo, and some interesting developments brought to our attention by our network of friends. We’re very grateful to our readers for keeping us so well-informed; we aim to reciprocate and to pay it…

PI Focus: Expert Evidence in Cross Border Clinical Negligence Claims

We have previously written about the particular considerations pertaining to expert evidence in claims involving either foreign law or a foreign jurisdiction, but one area which bears further scrutiny is the rapidly developing field of cross border clinical negligence claims. So-called ‘medical…

The Dekagram: 11th September 2023

Just as the team settled down to enjoy the unusual rendering of the national anthems at the rugby World Cup this weekend, we were distracted by the publication by the Department for Business and Trade of its guidance on the Retained EU…

The Dekagram: 4th September 2023

This week we bring news of another government consultation, this one relating to the licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England and Wales. This is something the team has been discussing even since before Dominique Smith wrote her book on cross border…

The Dekagram: 29th August 2023

So that’s it. We’ve had A level and GCSE results, the late August Bank Holiday, the now traditional holiday air traffic control meltdown, and the Summer is over. And as we hurtle towards Christmas (117 days to go, since you ask) our…

Montague v The Governing Body of Heavers Farm Primary School

An unusual, complicated and interesting case which confronts the delicate conflict between religious belief and inclusive secular education.

Earlier this year HHJ Lethem handed down judgment in Montague, a case that generated a good deal of press coverage.  In this article Richard…

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