Around this time last year, Sir Terence Etherton was beating the drum for before-the-event insurance. In a LawWorks lecture, the master of the rolls suggested we should look to countries like Germany, where BTE is one of the main sources of litigation funding, for inspiration about how we can solve the problem of access to justice. Etherton, who chairs the Civil Justice Council, set up a CJC working group to examine how more could be made of BTE.
The Court of Appeal handed victory to claimants today in a much-awaited decision with huge ramifications for law firms that bought up personal injury cases pre-dating the Jackson civil reforms. In Budana v Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, the court held that the success fee in a pre-Jackson PI claim that was later transferred to another law firm should be recoverable under the pre-Jackson rules.
It is hard to overstate the importance of today’s Court of Appeal ruling in Budana for the personal injury sector. Thanks to the Jackson reforms we have seen tens of thousands of pre-Jackson claims being bought up by bigger firms. They were acquired on the basis that the success fee would be recoverable from losing defendants, and firms were very careful about the way the contracts were worded. But defendants still saw an unmissable chance to attack.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".