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Funding claims for the SME client

22 August 2022
Roger Billins

I have spent most of my career as a solicitor in commercial litigation after a false start as a matrimonial lawyer. Mostly my clients have been individual entrepreneurs and SME companies and I have been lucky enough to follow the…

A WORD ABOUT LITIGATION FUNDING

10 August 2022
Roger Billins

Litigation funding is now a growing and understood part of the business of dispute resolution. Claimants and their advisers understand the merit of a third party funding claims in return for giving up a large share of any award- ‘50%…

To claim or not to claim

06 May 2022
Roger Billins

I advised a client who held a senior executive position that she had a very strong case for constructive dismissal , having been the victim of prolonged bullying by a director who was a representative of the shareholders. After a…

London Lawyers and The Oligarchs

22 March 2022
Roger Billins

Certain London solicitors and, to a lesser extent, commercial barristers, are coming in for a lot of criticism at the moment for having acted for oligarchs who are Vladimir Putin’s know supporters and associates. For the most part, the criticisms…

TO MEDIATE OR NOT TO MEDIATE-THAT IS THE QUESTION

20 January 2022
Roger Billins

There is every likelihood that the Ministry of Justice review into mediation will result in some form of compulsion on parties to engage in mediation or some form of equivalent alternative dispute resolution. Unity is a big supporter of mediation,…

GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS ON FIXED COSTS REGIME

08 September 2021
Roger Billins

The Ministry of Justice has recently announced its intention to implement Sir Rupert Jackson’s proposals to extend the fixed costs regime from limited personal injury claims. The regime will extend to most civil cases worth up to £25,000 in the…

UNITY WELCOMES COURT DECISIONS ON BUSINESS INTERUPTION INSURANCE

29 September 2020
Roger Billins

The recent court decision on the interpretation of business interruption clauses in commercial insurance contracts is welcome news to many SME companies. Many companies thought they were covered for the losses sustained by them as a result of the pandemic…

SUPERMARKET NOT LIABLE FOR ACTS OF EMPLOYEE “OFF HIS TROLLEY”

06 April 2020
Roger Billins

One of the worst nightmares for any employer is when an employee goes “rogue” during the course of carrying out his duties, causing possible embarrassment but also potentially making him legally liable for the consequences of the wrongful act. The…

THE GARDEN BRIDGE-END OF THE ROAD

14 January 2020
Roger Billins

​After 6 years of campaigning, first of all to stop the construction of the Bridge and then to seek to make somebody accountable for the gross waste of £43 million of public money, it is time to archive the files.…