Articles filed under Litigation

In the film Minority Report, Tom Cruise, as the head of a “pre-crime” unit, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by psychics. This results in low crime levels, but also in a world where knowing the future limits choice and access to justice.

The reality of case prediction practice is very different from this dystopian vision.

Litigation is expensive; all lawyers know it. Clients who have been through any significant litigation understand that precious few alternatives exist for resolving a dispute where the parties cannot reach a negotiated settlement.

Where there is an absence of goodwill and a shortage of funding, potentially successful claims can be difficult to pursue, particularly since legislation prevents the recovery of success fees and “after the event” legal expenses insurance premiums from defendants, even where claims are successful.

One avenue which is increasingly gaining in popularity and traction is that of crowdfunding for litigation, and there are clear signs that this is moving from the province of public interest claims into broader commercial and individual disputes.

We live in increasingly challenging technological times which are impacting the way litigation lawyers work. This article notes several ways in which the web impacts reputation and considers practical steps which can be taken to protect it.