Hear it from the Judges Conference 9 December 2014 6 CPD Hours 9 December 2014 Central London Fees: £415 + VAT CLT Members/ £525 + VAT Non-Members Civil litigators operate in an increasingly changing environment where the effects of the Jackson Reforms of April 2013 are still being understood. Reduction in public funding and financial pressures mean that lawyers are increasingly encountering litigants in person with the concern that they are being meted out special treatment. The introduction of the single County Court and financial pressures means that time in the court is at a premium. The effective litigator will focus on the issues and present properly prepared cases that can be accommodated within the time estimates. This conference gives an unparalleled opportunity to examine the judicial perspective and how the civil litigator can best fashion and present a case to maximum effect. It also presents an update on the issues and law which the judiciary consider to be important to their daily caseload. Presented by some of the leading district judges who are responsible for the rules and for the education of the judiciary, this conference gives the civil litigator an opportunity to reflect on their practice and how to improve their communication with the bench. Chair District Judge Chris Lethem was appointed to the bench in 1998 and sits as a regional costs judge in Tunbridge Wells. He is a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, the Hickinbottom Committee on Litigants in Person and various other committees associated with the implementation of the Jackson Reforms and also with litigants in person. He is a member of the civil law team at the Judicial College and responsible for educating judges in costs and costs management. He has written extensively on the issue of costs in various periodicals including the JPIL, Solicitors Journal, Law Society Gazette and Family Law. He is a former contributor responsible for costs in Blackstones Civil Practice and is a contributor to Butterworths Costs Service and Mithani’s Directors Disqualification. Speakers Gordon Ashton OBE - retired District Judge nominated for Court of Protection; solicitor in general legal practice 1967-1992. Books include Mental Handicap and the Law, Elderly Client Handbook, Elderly People and the Law and Court of Protection Practice. Honoured for “Services to the Administration of Justice and to Disabled People”. District Judge Ian Besford is a district judge on the NE Circuit, sitting predominantly at Hull. Prior to his appointment in 1999, he was a partner in a general practice in the North East. He has had a keen interest in costs since the early 1980’s having been principal in a cost drafting firm in the North West. Ian was appointed as a regional costs judge for the North East in November 2005 and is a regular speaker on the issue of contentious costs. District Judge Suzanne Burn is a district judge at Bromley County Court. Previously a senior litigation solicitor, and Secretary to the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee 1994-9, she has run training courses for lawyers and expert witnesses and spoken at conferences for 20 years, and now trains judges for the Judicial College. She contributes to the White Book and Law Society Gazette. She is the author of Expert Evidence (Shaws 2005), and editor of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Handbook (2nd ed 2007). Suzanne was a member of the Civil Justice Council from 2001-7 and chaired the serious injury committee for the last 2 years. She was a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee from 2007-13, and is currently completing a project for CPRC on updating all the pre-action protocols. District Judge Ranj Matharu LLB Hons and LLM sits at Manchester Civil Justice Centre. She is a specialist Chancery District Judge and nominated Judge of the Court of Protection. She is Judicial College tutor. Prior to appointment she was a partner practising in commercial litigation and a solicitor advocate. District Judge Richard Matthews is a district judge and regional costs judge at the Oxford Combined Court Centre. Qualified as a solicitor in 1976, he was appointed Deputy District Judge in 1988 and full time District Judge in 1993. He has been a regional costs judge since 2005 and a tutor with the civil team of the Judicial College. 9.00 9.30 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction District Judge Chris Lethem, Regional Costs Judge, Tunbridge Wells 9.45 Relief from Sanctions: How to Stay on the Right Side of the Judge Is this a relief case? | The inter-relationship with CPR 3.1(7) and applications to set aside | Trivial breaches and good reason | When will other factors be decisive? | The jurisprudence – where are we now? | Effective performance on the application. District Judge Chris Lethem, Regional Costs Judge, Tunbridge Wells 10.15 Costs Management: Preparation and the Hearing When budgets are necessary | Filing and serving on time | Reaching agreement | Common failings with completing precedent | Attending the CCMC and drawing the order | Applications to vary. District Judge Suzanne Burn, Bromley County Court 11.00 Refreshments 11.15 Guidance on the Assessment of Costs – Getting the Most Out of Costs Tips and traps on preparing bills for assessments | Points of objections and replies – make them count! | What if it all goes wrong?! District Judge Ian Besford, Regional Costs Judge, Hull County Court 12.00 Part 36 – Common Errors and Developments How to get the technicalities right | When to use Part 36 as against to general offers | Update on case law. District Judge Ian Besford, Regional Costs Judge, Hull County Court 12.45 Summary Judgment What is required | It’s effectiveness | The effect of such an application on Form’s H. District Judge Ranj Matharu, Manchester Civil Justice 1.15 Lunch 2.15 A Case Law Update: The Most Important Cases Through the Judicial Eyes Is the guidance in Mitchell still relevant? | Post Denton – relief from sanctions – will satellite litigation be reduced? | Mediation – consequences of failure to engage | Costs – problems with asking judge to rule on costs alone | Service of Claim Form and extension of time for service. District Judge Richard Matthews, Regional Costs Judge, Oxford Combined Court 3.00 Refreshments 3.15 Litigants in Person: A Judical Perspective and How to Prepare Your Clients The judicial response to date | McKenzie Friends | The inter-relationship between Litigants in Person and Jackson | Effective judicial responses to Litigants in Person | Preparing the client. District Judge Chris Lethem, Regional Costs Judge, Tunbridge Wells Please quote reference CF115287 at point of booking. An unparalleled opportunity to examine the judicial perspective and how you can best fashion and present a case to maximum effect 4.00 Identifying and Coping with Protected Parties in the Civil and Family Courts Who are protected parties? | Resolving doubts as to capacity | The appointment of a litigation friend | Powers of the litigation friend | The different Court Rules and proposed reform. Gordon R Ashton OBE, Retired District Judge and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection 4.45 Chair’s Concluding Remarks and Questions 5.00 Paralegal Why Choose CLT? There’s a bright idea..... 0141 225 6705 [email protected] www.clt.co.uk/paralegal Terms and Conditions 1. Confirmation of your booking will be sent by email or post within 2 days of receipt. A VAT invoice will be sent separately to your accounts department. Conference/course documentation is distributed at the time of the event. 2. 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