Andrew Spooner Archive

Rules, Costs, and Litigants in Person

Government cut backs have meant that the court landscape is changing; not only are costs under closer scrutiny then ever before but also there is a significant increase in the numbers of Litigants in Person. Lord Dyson has called for more training for lawyer to enable them to get to grips with the costs management regime as well as calling for more simplification of the Civil Procedure Rules to reduce delays in the justice system.

Leaner Skeletons – The Order of the Day

When parties involved in litigation come to court they will often be ordered to file skeleton arguments (“skeletons”) shortly before the hearing starts. The object of these is to set out clearly the nature of a party’s case for the benefit of the Judge hearing it and his/her opponent.

Farm accidents: corporate manslaughter

Farming can be a dangerous business. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in the last five years an average of 35 people a year have been killed in agricultural accidents, a rate second only to the construction industry. With that in mind, it is essential that those responsible for safe working practices on farms have a working knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and the implications of failing to maintain safety standards.
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