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MoJ “keen” on Jackson fixed costs reforms but they will generate “cottage industry”, says leading QC

Nick Bacon

The Ministry of Justice is keen on taking forward Lord Justice Jackson’s plans to extend the use of fixed costs, according to a leading QC. However, Nick Bacon QC also told today’s Association of Costs Lawyers annual conference that the reforms were likely to lead to a “cottage industry” for costs specialists as the way they operate is worked out.

October 20th, 2017

Ministry of Justice begins process of refunding £33m in employment tribunal fees

Dominic Raab

The government expects to refund £33m to employment tribunal claimants after the Supreme Court ruled tribunal fees unlawful. The Ministry of Justice has also published today the first details of how it will go about returning the fees.

October 20th, 2017

Hodge urges judges and lawyers to improve “scientific literacy” to understand expert evidence

Lord Hodge

A Supreme Court justice has called for judges and lawyers to improve their “scientific literacy” to ensure they did their job effectively in cases involving expert evidence. Lord Hodge also reassured experts that courts do not presume them to be “hired guns” who allow their instructing solicitors to call the tune.

October 19th, 2017

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Hands up who knows what litigation financiers sell?

A#1000

If your answer was ‘money’, you would be correct but sadly out of step with the prevailing thinking. If, however, you asked some other litigation financiers the same question, you would very likely receive answers like ‘project management skills’, or ‘an experienced litigation partner’. Whilst none of these answers are wrong per se, they do rather miss the point of why lawyers and clients engage with funders. Experienced and successful litigators do not want the views of litigation financiers on how to project manage their litigation – they want access to their cash pure and simple.

October 19th, 2017

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