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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 […]

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FOR 2017 : EX PARTE APPLICATIONS ARE NO PARTY (AND CAN LEAD TO CRYING)

Last year I had 10 new year’s resolutions for litigators.  This year I have one.  (The resolutions from last year remain current but one resolution is easier to keep) THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER, MAKING AN EX-PARTE APPLICATION OF ANY KIND 2016 saw several cases where the party that obtained an ex-parte order […]

ADVOCACY: THE JUDGE’S VIEW X: 10 KEY POINTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

This is the last in the series of Advocacy the Judge’s view.  We have looked at advice given by judges from around the world.  Here I select a key point from each. 1. ADVICE FROM CANADA – MANNERS MATTER It is difficult to select any one point from the talk given by  Mr Justice Joseph […]

NO RELIEF FROM SANCTIONS WHEN COSTS BUDGET FILED LATE: THE DECISION IN DETAIL

We have looked, briefly, at the Court of Appeal decision in Jamadar -v- Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWCA Civ 1001. I am grateful to Aaron Vodden   of  Hempsons for sending me a copy of the transcript which has only recently become available. One interesting feature of the case was the claimant’s failure […]

ADVOCACY THE JUDGE’S VIEW IX: WHAT YOU WEAR MATTERS

This is the ninth (and penultimate) post in this series. It is inspired by a search term on this blog today “Can a solicitor dress casually in county court”.  This caused a lot of attention when I mentioned in on Twitter (even leading to a discussion of how academics should dress). However this is a […]

ADVOCACY – THE JUDGE’S VIEW VIII: “CREDIBILITY IS ALL YOU HAVE”

This post looks at at an article by Sidney Butcher in the ABA publication “Views from the Bench: Tips for Young Lawyers on How to Make a Good Impression.”  The Honorable Lynne Stewart, a District Court Judge and the Honourable Julie Robinson a Federal Court Judge give guidance to young lawyers. KEY POINTS As ever […]

LOOKING AT LITIGATION FROM THE LITIGANT’S VIEWPOINT 2: THE STRESS OF LITIGATION: GUIDANCE AND LINKS

The earlier post on looking at litigation from the litigant’s viewpoint led to some interesting comments, on the blog itself; on LinkedIn and on twitter.   It was particularly interesting to hear from lawyers who had been involved in litigation on a personal basis. This is not an issue generally considered in legal education or, […]