The government never intended that mesothelioma victims should have to use statutory compensation awards to pay enhanced court fees, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.
Costs budgeting will not be applied to High Court clinical negligence cases listed for costs hearings between October 2015 and January 2016 in an attempt to clear the backlog, it has emerged.
The judge who led the Chancery modernisation review is to take over as deputy head of civil justice on 1 January next year. Lord Justice Michael Briggs will succeed Lord Justice Stephen Richards when his three-year term comes to an end.
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Both claimants and solicitors have suffered significantly from changes introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), according to independent research commissioned by ARAG UK.