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Grumpy reflections from the personal injury Bar

The courts have a lot to answer for, believes Julian Benson, as he ponders life post Mitchell

28 October 2014

Everyone knows that barristers are always right, scrupulously punctual, great value for money, and never make unreasonable demands of their instructing solicitors. Good, that’s settled. It follows that all the problems in multi-track personal injury (PI) litigation must be caused by other people.

Also, given that barristers only gripe about
their solicitors behind their backs (knowing the side on which their toast is buttered), the fault must lie at the door of the court. What a satisfying conclusion, and one which enables me to embark.

Clearly bonkers

Moan one is, of course, Mitchell. It is now ‘clear’ from Denton that most of the profession (including innumerable district judges (DJs)
and circuit judges (CJs)) ‘misunderstood’ Mitchell. Silly us. We tho...

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