News in brief – 08.07.2021

Bid to have opposing party pay for copy of bundle rejected

The High Court has refused a litigant in person’s request to vary an order made when it was represented that it should have to pay the cost of printing out the court bundle.

The defendants in Axnoller Events Ltd v Brake and Anor [2021] EWHC 1706 (Ch) claimed they could not afford to print out the bundle, which the claimant said it would only do for them if reimbursed for copying and courier charges. There is a linked claim being brought by the defendants against the claimants using the same bundle.

His Honour Judge Matthews, sitting as a High Court judge said that ceasing to be represented was not “of itself a sufficient reason” to revisit the order.

“I remind myself that, absent specific provision made in the rules, the position of a litigant in person was the same as that of a represented litigant, and it was generally not right to give advantages to litigants in person not given to represented litigants,” he said.

Impecuniosity did not justify the variation either, especially as the litigant in person was the claimant in one of the two trials and so could not complain about being brought to court against their will. “Some expenditure by each of the parties is unavoidable.”

The right to a fair trial did not require a free copy of the trial bundle either, the judge went on.

“The Brakes were supplied with and still have an electronic copy of the bundle, which they can print out if they wish or can arrange to be printed out by a third party. If they request and receive a hard copy from the [claimants’] solicitors, there is no reason in this case why those solicitors should not charge for it in accordance with their usual practice.”

 

Compete in a 100-mile cycle Ride for Justice

The Law Centres Network (LCN) is hosting a Ride for Justice on 17 September that will see teams from different law firms race to complete a 100-mile course through the Surrey Hills.

Participants will set off at midnight and ride until sunrise in what the LCN called “the ultimate all-nighter” while peddling to stay ahead of the chaser car. Their reward for finishing will be a champagne breakfast at Denbies Wine Estate, and a chance to hear host and cycling TV presenter Matt Barbet interview a special guest from the cycling world. 

Teams of five riders will aim to raise a minimum of £5,000 each, with the network hoping that £100,000 will be raised in total. Firms will also be given the opportunity to have a pro-cyclist ride with their team and give them tips on the way, as well as accessing discounted kit.

The network has organised the ride to support its 50th anniversary ‘Law For All’ campaign, which is seeking to establish stronger funding streams from the legal sector, after austerity cuts to legal aid forced 20% of centres to close their doors in the last decade.

All funds raised will help to secure and retain ‘crisis navigators’, non-lawyer link workers who complement law centres’ legal assistance by taking care of those non-legal trigger problems. To find out more and enter a team, email campaign@lawcentres.org.uk.

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