Monthly Archives: March 2012

United we stand, united we fall

While discovering interesting facts such as the fact that the state motto of the American State of Kentucky is “United we stand, Divided we fall” it is inevitable that in a blog of this type we miss an article, a development or something of general interest……and it has happened again! Millnet is pleased to be… Read More »

Cure for the common scold

There is a sign on Fye Bridge in Norwich which claims to be the site of a “cucking stool.” Norfolk is now my home, not least because I have lived there for longer than anywhere else. I used to practise in Norwich which is full of odd little nooks and crannies revealing its illustrious past… Read More »

Millnet becomes LCA partner

Last October, I was thrilled to be asked to attend the Fall Conference of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), held in Boston. I reported on the conference and my experiences in posts entitled Postcard from Boston, Earwigging and No Tea Party in October and November last year. LCA is an organisation of trial and litigation lawyers.… Read More »

1677 and all that

One of the endearing characteristics of the law in this country is the concept of precedence. In civil law countries reference is made to the relevant Code and often scant attention is paid to previous experiences and decisions. Under the common law system, earlier decisions of superior courts are the very lifeblood of the law… Read More »

It never rains…

If you thought that predictive coding (or whatever you choose to call it; I came across Black Box Coding and Easy Button Review recently) was the hot topic of the moment, a close second must be reports that the courts are getting to grips with a whole range of issues arising out of the disclosure… Read More »

What a whopper!

In the context of a claim for $274m, it might be argued that an order that the claimant pay £135,000 in wasted costs is of no great account. I suspect that if you are Herbert Smith client West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (known throughout the case as WAPCo) you might take a different view.… Read More »

A peck of pickled peppers

Two things: Firstly, try saying this out loud as quickly as you can: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? Secondly, some of you will recall that in… Read More »

See Naples and dine

Charles Holloway wonders whether offering the “key to the warehouse” promises a better choice of menu when it comes to reducing the costs of civil litigation. Some time ago, I recall having a somewhat unedifying row with a waiter at a restaurant in Naples, Italy as the Americans would say (presumably so as not to confuse it with… Read More »

Going to the wall

My eye was drawn to the recent piece in the Lawyer [Stephenson Harwood uses Facebook to serve court claim, 21st Feb, 2012] noting that the High Court has agreed that a claim may be served on a party via Facebook.  If ever there was an indication that social media is now mainstream, this is surely it.… Read More »