Rely on the most comprehensive, up-to-date legal content designed and curated by lawyers for lawyers
Work faster and smarter to improve your drafting productivity without increasing risk
Accelerate the creation and use of high quality and trusted legal documents and forms
Streamline how you manage your legal business with proven tools and processes
Manage risk and compliance in your organisation to reduce your risk profile
Stay up to date and informed with insights from our trusted experts, news and information sources
Access the best content in the industry, effortlessly — confident that your news is trustworthy and up to date.
Find up-to-date guidance on points of law and then easily pull up sources to support your advice with Lexis PSL
Check out our straightforward definitions of common legal terms.
Speed up all aspects of your legal work with tools that help you to work faster and smarter.
Our trusted tax intelligence solutions, highly-regarded exam training and education materials help guide and tutor Tax professionals
Access our unrivalled global news content, business information and analytics solutions
Insurance, risk and compliance intelligence using big data, proprietary linking and advanced analytics.
A leading provider of software platforms for professional services firms
In-depth analysis, commentary and practical information to help you protect your business
LexisNexis Blogs shed light on topics affecting the legal profession and the issues you're facing
Our latest thinking on key legal industry developments
Legal professionals trust us to help navigate change. Find out how we help ensure they exceed expectations
Discuss the latest legal developments, ask questions, and share best practice with other LexisPSL subscribers
Lord Neuberger, in his keynote address to the Manchester Law Society and Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association, spoke on the role of civil trial judges, both before and during trial, and how this has changed.
He also addressed the effect of the Jackson Reforms, particularly on the costs and funding of civil proceedings and, by implication, on the way in which cases are managed, particularly where one or more of the parties is a litigant in person (LIP).
Lord Neuberger was asked to speak about the role of the trial judge in civil cases. In doing so, he addressed various issues including:
Lord Neuberger spoke of the importance of proportionate costs and of costs management and considered the important 'new' judicial pre-trial role of costs management to be justified for a number of stated reasons
Lord Neuberger recognised a downside of seeking to 'contain the expense of litigation' through case and costs management was, unfortunately, the resultant front-loading of costs. He also spoke of his disappointment in relation to reforms to fixed costs and his hope that they would soon be introduced to all (not just PI) fast track claims and perhaps even be extended to smaller value multi-track claims
Lord Neuberger observed the Woolf and Jackson reforms both seem to have gone hand in hand with, or to have motivated, legislative reforms limiting legal aid. One of the knock on effects of this has been the increased numbers of litigants in person (LIPs) which has, in turn, effected the judge's role and responsibility, particularly in cases where one or more of the parties is a LIP
Lord Neuberger addressed the promotion of ADR and developments in relation to ODR (online dispute resolution) and the challenges this might pose to the judiciary and effective and efficient
Lord Neuberger spoke of the (positive) differences between our appellate system and that of some other jurisdictions. He also referred to the reluctance with which an appellate court in this jurisdiction should interfere with a trial judge’s procedural ruling
LexisPSL Dispute Resolution subscribers can read the full detailed analysis here: Lord Neuberger—role of civil court trial judges. Click here for a free trial.
Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK
* denotes a required field
Virginia specialises in general domestic and international commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Virginia trained, qualified and practiced with Pinsent Masons before moving to Marriott Harrison where she continued in practice for a further seven years.
In practice, Virginia acted in a variety of general commercial disputes covering areas including intellectual property, fraud, defamation, misrepresentation, breach of contract, debt recovery, breach of restrictive covenants and company and shareholders’ disputes.
Virginia is Head of Dispute Resolution at Lexis®PSL and, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution module, her content work focuses on case management and evidence in civil litigation. She also regularly contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog.
0330 161 1234