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Court rejects Slater and Gordon bid to end costs recovery cases

Lawyers chasing personal injury firms over the deductions from former clients’ damages have been handed a huge boost after a UK costs judge rejected an application by the law firm Slater & Gordon to have claims from its former clients stayed. The cases centre around the so-called ‘secret’ profits received by the firm as commissions from ATE insurance premiums. There are likely to be hundreds of other similar cases pending this decision against other PI firms.

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LionFish commits £8.0 million to 10 cases

RBG Holdings plc (AIM: RBGP), the UK-based professional services group, has released its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2021. It reports that its litigation finance subsidiary LionFish has received 393 enquiries since launch with 10 cases approved, 54 under consideration and 329 rejected. The 10 approved cases will bring a funding commitment of £8.0 million over the next three years, of which £3.2 million has already been drawn down.

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PGMBM and SPS Capital invest additional capital into BHP case

PGMBM and SPS Capital, a prominent Brazilian special situations fund with expertise in DIP financing and litigation funding, concluded a follow-on investment to partially further finance the case Municipality of Mariana & Ors v BHP plc & BHP Ltd. The claim against BHP was filed on behalf of the victims of the Fundão dam collapse that took place in November 2015 in Mariana, Brazil. The dam was owned by BHP’s Samarco joint venture and its collapse affected more than 200,000 people. In a landmark ruling, the English courts revived the claim that had been struck out last year, granting permission to appeal under exceptional appeals legislation.

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