Supreme Court rules that experts have no immunity from suit

The Supreme Court has ruled, by a majority, that expert witnesses can be sued if their negligence has caused harm to the party who instructed them. Until now (with some minor exceptions), experts have had immunity from suit in respect of both the contents of their expert reports and their performance in the witness box. Advocates had long enjoyed a similar immunity. However, in 2001, the House of Lords abolished their immunity on the ground that it could no longer be justified. Since then, some have questioned the need for experts continuing to do so.

Government announces important civil litigation reforms

Government announces important civil litigation reforms The government yesterday announced its intention to go ahead with key proposals made by Lord Justice Jackson for the reform of civil litigation costs and funding, including: · significant changes to the rules governing Part 36 offers to settle; · removing the restrictions on contingency fees or "damages-based agreements" (DBAs) for civil litigation; and · abolishing the recoverability of conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees and after the event (ATE) insurance premiums. The Government Response to its co

Legal News from France: Learning by doing, or Sauvegarde, the third variant

The French parliament has created a new form of sauvegarde insolvency proceedings by passing law No. 2010-1249 on Banks and Financial Regulation of 22nd October 2010. The sauvegarde insolvency proceedings were introduced in 2006 and had already been subject to extensive reform in 2009. The so-called “sauvegarde financière accélérée” (Sfa), a fast-track form of sauvegarde for financial restructurings will be in force from 1st March 2011.