Posted by Neil Rose, Editor, Litigation Futures
Welcome to Litigation Futures. The first spin-off from Legal Futures, this site reflects my longstanding involvement in the world of costs and funding, first as editor of Litigation Funding magazine for 10 years and latterly as editor of Costs Lawyer, the monthly magazine of the Association of Costs Lawyers.
Although up to now I have put costs and funding stories through Legal Futures, there is so much happening that it more than justifies a dedicated website. We are nine months away from the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, bringing with it huge cuts to civil legal aid and many of the Jackson reforms. These are matters of concern to many in the legal world, and it is no surprise to me that the tag ‘Jackson report’ is the single most-clicked on tag since I launched Legal Futures more than two years ago.
The aim of Litigation Futures is to be the first independent, online, news-driven resource for those in this part of the market. No more waiting for monthly or bimonthly magazines to find out what is happening – things are moving too quickly to wait. We will work to the same standards of high-quality journalism that have marked out Legal Futures, breaking the stories that the market needs to know (and for convenience we have transferred over much of Legal Futures' archive of costs and funding stories).
I hope you bookmark this site and visit regularly as we intend to update it several times a week, if not every day, with news, along with supporting analysis and features on key points of practice, procedure and the latest cases. I hope also that you make use of our unique Find a Funder facility, which is growing every day, and we have other useful databases in the pipeline.
I would also be very pleased to receive news, articles and other contributions – e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To some the world of costs and funding may seem dark, niche and arcane. But it goes to the heart of access to justice and Litigation Futures aims to become the home of all you need to know about it.