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A Smarter Future

Friday 19th January 2018
Sonny Welsh

We have acquired a lot of new clients recently. All of which, I am eager to report, are very happy with the way that Smart Legal Costs have turned around their view of 'cost people'. Some of them received bad service levels, some terrible results in negotiations and at assessments, and all were disheartened at the cost process and the way in which previous files were dealt with. We have time for our clients and we understand what it is they are looking for. Smart Legal Costs is not a faceless organisation and we want to show that to everyone we work with. If you fancy a change, or you are just interested in seeing what we can offer you…

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The Future

Monday 4th December 2017
Sonny Welsh

In a legal future where it increasingly looks like access to justice will be eroded further, where the Lawyers will all be AI and where even the Judges could be AI - will acts of humanity like this be a thing of the past? I understand that justice needs to be done, but sometimes humanity and reality transcends algorithms. Watch Here

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Freedom of Choice – You Like It? It’s yours!

Tuesday 21st November 2017
Matthew Tinker

Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG (Case E-21/16) I'm not an avid follower of the European Free Trade Associate (EFTA) Court, but sometimes there is something interesting that spills out that piques my interest - and this case has done just that. In short, it reveals how BTE insurers have, essentially, been making up their own rules when it comes to providing indemnity. Who knew eh? Article 201 of the Solvency II Directive deals with the issue of "Free Choice of Lawyer" under a contract of legal expense insurance. In particular, "where recourse is had to a lawyer or other person appropriately qualified according to national law in order to defend, represent or serve the interests of the insured person in any inquiry or…

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The ‘AI Lawyer’

Tuesday 14th November 2017
Sonny Welsh

The 'AI Lawyer' The term 'AI' is banded around so much nowadays that you would think that we have already been taken over by robots. Fortunately, it is not the case just yet. We have all seen those BBC's 'Tomorrows World' programs in the 90's; The scary looking humanoid robots - threatening to walk, surrounded by a team of Japanese scientist with all kinds of computers and wires. Then, like the dampest squib possible, the robot proceeds to hop, shudder and then fall over - whilst the same scientists swarm the robot beast, now lay on the ground, trying to salvage their work and their pride. Fast forward 20-odd years, the same kinds of people are now trumpeting 'AI' as the second…

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BNM (Bargain)? Perhaps not

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Matthew Tinker

BNM v MGN Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 1767 The much anticipated judgment in the appeal of BNM has finally surfaced and well, what can we take from it? Not much as it happens. Firstly, it confirmed what we already thought insofar as additional liabilities are concerned. They are indeed covered under the transitional provisions (CPR 48.1). As such, the Court of Appeal have determined that Master Gordon- Saker was wrong to consider that the new test of proportionality could be applied thereon. We can now all sit back and relax while saying to ourselves, "I knew I was right all along!" Indeed, given the unanimity of the Court of Appeal on this issue, it does leave you wondering how, and why, this…

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Hot Coffee

Friday 3rd November 2017
Sonny Welsh

Reading the article in http://www.irishlegal.com/9131/judge-overseeing-personal-injury-list-attacks-insurers-and-media/ this week reminded me of a documentary I watched a few years ago - and how the Jackson reforms are now hitting the UK hard. 'Hot Coffee' was a documentary (released in 2011) which detailed how tort reform was ushered in, in the US, via powerful lobbyists and media entities. The way this was done was by using, what is commonly known as, 'the McDonald's coffee case' as "the poster child of excessive lawsuits". This case was cited by the media as an example of how the general public were taking advantage of the legal system to receive massive compensation. You may remember the case, as the news even hit the headlines in the UK.…

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Our Website is now up and running!

Monday 30th October 2017
Sonny Welsh

It has taken a bit longer than expected, but our website is now up and running. We are now ready for all of your Legal Costing/Law Costing needs.

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