Monthly Archives: January 2017

LAWYERS, LITIGATION & MEMORY II: HOW YOU ARE AFFECTING THE MEMORY OF WITNESSES (AND POSSIBLY SOWING THE SEEDS FOR DEFEAT)

The post on “Lawyers, litigation and memory“clearly struck a chord. It had many hundreds of readers (on a Sunday too). It highlights the fact that a failure to be trained in, and consider, issues relating to memory, causes litigators numerous problems.  These problems only become apparent once a witness is cross-examined. Here we look at […]

IF YOU ARE BELIEVED YOU WILL WIN: THE NEED FOR A DEVIL’S ADVOCATE IN CIVIL LITIGATION

The post written yesterday on litigators and memory has already given rise to a large number of responses, particularly on Twitter.  It is worthwhile taking the matter further by considering how and when a litigator should take stock of the quality of the evidence. There is much to be gained by making a critical examination of […]

LAWYERS, LITIGATION & MEMORY: THE MEMORY ILLUSION

A single moment of logical thought will lead to the conclusion that it is strange that lawyers don’t learn about memory.  Much (indeed most) litigation relies on the memory of the parties.  Judges are, more often than not, called upon to decide whose memory of events is the most accurate. The judge cannot shy away […]

COURT FEES AND STRIKING OUT: ANOTHER CASE

There is a brief report on  Browne Jacobson Insurance Law about a case that struck out because of a failure to pay the correct fees. THE REPORT The report is brief and does not give the date of the judgment or level of judge. The facts The claimant, prior to issue, put forward several schedules […]

“UNNECESSARY, UNHELPFUL & UNACCEPTABLE” : OVER-LONG SKELETON ARGUMENTS – AGAIN.

There have been a series of judgments in the civil courts, notably from Jackson L.J., commenting on the length of skeleton arguments.  The criminal courts are not immune. In R -v- Brandford [2016] EWCA Crim 1749 the Court of Appeal Criminal Division had strong words to say about the length of the skeleton arguments in […]

LITIGATORS: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS GO WRONG? 10 KEY POINTS

There has been an unusual amount of sympathy today on Twitter for the report of a newly qualified solicitor who was struck off.  The solicitor “had ‘messed up’ on a handful of the 170 cases he was handling and did not seek help from colleagues”. “…there always is a lot to learn. You never can […]

DELAY AND NON-COMPLIANCE: ACTION STRUCK OUT: A “GAME CHANGER”

The judgment of Master Matthew in Phelps -v- Button [2016] EWHC 3185 (Ch) emphasises the dangers of delay and non compliance. “…I will observe that the Court ethos has changed enormously since the days of Lord Denning and the two Court of Appeal decisions to which I have referred. I will not say that in […]