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Green Paper on Consumer ADR on hold

The Green Paper on consumer ADR has fallen victim to the election. BEIS had conducted a review but the paper is now on hold. Ultimately the decision on policy rests with Ministers but BEIS were considering whether there had been a reduction in the standard of ADR on...

Interesting decision on interest for failing to beat part 36 offer

OMV Petrom SA v Glencore International AG [2017] EWCA Civ 195 Part 36 offers are an essential part of any litigator’s armoury. A Court of Appeal decision may mean higher awards of interest for claimants who make well-judged Part 36 offers. The Court of Appeal...

Setting aside settlement for fraud

  Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd and others [2017] EWCA Civ 147. The Court of Appeal has clarified the test that must be met when seeking to set aside a judgment on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud in a decision that equally applies to settlements...

Should’ve mediated – the architect who worked for free

  The Court of Appeal has sent a strong signal to any professional doing work for free as a favour-beware! An Architect who landscaped her friends’ garden at their £5million mansion for free must pay them £265,000 after they sued her because they...

Settlements/cases of the week

Not more than a model The Daily Mail and Mail Online will pay damages to settle a libel claim brought by the US first lady, Melania Trump, over completely false claims about her work as a professional model. An agreed statement was read out to Mr Justice Nicol in...