A Birmingham technology judge has said that delays of a day or more in filing a costs budget can become “almost entirely irrelevant or immaterial” where costs management orders are delayed.
Creditors face losing more than £150m per year if the exemption from the Jackson reforms for insolvency litigation ends as planned next April, according to an independent report commissioned by the insolvency profession.
Labour has asked two leading QCs to advise on what more could be done to diversify the judiciary amid fears that progress has “stalled”: leading human rights solicitor Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC and Matrix Chambers’ Karon Monaghan QC.
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So here we are, on April Fool’s Day once more, talking about the Jackson reforms. We were told that the sky would fall in, that the doors of the court would shut on many and that dole queues would be swelled by large numbers of personal injury lawyers. But I have been reporting on the legal profession long enough to know that the predictions of catastrophe that precede any major change never come to pass. The profession adapts – it always has, it always will.