Should Mediation be Compulsory for all Cases?

In England and Wales mediation has become a common feature of many types of litigation. Sir Rupert Jackson’s 2009 report on civil litigation recommended that the courts can and should in appropriate cases encourage mediation. This may be limited to simply pointing out its benefits or requiring an explanation from parties when they are not willing to meet and/or discuss mediation. However, where a party is found to have unreasonably refused to mediate, they can be penalised in costs by the court.

Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims

On 1 October 2017 we saw the long-awaited pre-action protocol for debt claims come into force. A pre-action protocol is a set of steps contained in the Civil Procedural Rules that parties must follow before a claim is made. The idea behind having a protocol is to promote early settlement of claims and reduce legal costs. If a party ignores a protocol, then he or she may be subject to a penalty in legal costs allowed by the Court.

Legal Secretary Vacancies October 2017

Here is a selection of vacancies from our Legal Secretary Jobs Board this month:

Legal Secretary – Bowers
Location: Golders Green, London
Salary: Competitive

Bowers is a niche law firm in Golders Green which specializes in, amongst other things, Disability and Equality Law. 

They are looking for a full-time secretary to assist their expanding Disability Law department.