Costs lawyers are well placed to help out judges by taking on the role of delegated judicial officers (DJOs), their representative body has told the Briggs review. In his review of the civil courts structure, Lord Justice Briggs is tasked with making recommendations for the deployment of DJOs.
Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement yesterday that the small claims limit for personal injury cases will rise to £5,000, and that general damages for “minor” whiplash claims will be abolished, has sent shockwaves through the market.
Devonshires has claimed to be one of the first City law firms to offer a ‘no win, no fee’ debt recovery service to give “companies of all sizes a professional and affordable alternative to debt-collection agencies”.
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The US Chamber of Commerce, scarred by the American litigation culture, has long been spreading the word about the pain that litigation can cause, and has a particular bee in its bonnet about third-party litigation funding (TPLF). So much so, in fact, that it has been busy lobbying in the UK for some years to try and bring what it considers the wild west of the UK’s unregulated TPLF market to heel. In answer to the regular question about why it is ‘interfering’ with UK policy, the chamber argues that many of its members have operations over here too.