The government is investigating the extension of fixed recoverable costs across all civil litigation, including how to deal with differences between different types of litigation, civil justice minister Lord Faulks said yesterday. It came as Law Society chief executive said she was “astounded” that the government would contemplate introduced fixed costs for clinical negligence claims worth up to £250,000.
The role which before-the-event insurance might play in improving access to justice is one of three issues that a new Civil Justice Council working party is to consider. It comes as news emerges that the Civil Procedure Rule Committee is to begin work on slimming down the CPR.
Burford Capital has announced a £9m insolvency funding deal with accountants Grant Thornton, in what is believed to be the first arrangement of its kind. Funding covers all claims by and against an estate where Grant Thornton is a trustee.
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So sayeth the Lord – well, Lord Justice Jackson in his lecture last month to the Insolvency Practitioners Association. It has appeared inevitable in recent months that some form of fixed costs scheme will be introduced if the powers that be have their way although it was anticipated smaller claims would be targeted. However, Jackson LJ dropped the hand grenade that all costs involving claims up to £250,000 should be fixed.