The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has begun taking soundings on the “practical impact” of the Jackson reforms ahead of a major conference next month.
With the first anniversary of implementation of the reforms in sight, the CJC said it “wishes to examine early signs of their impact on the civil justice system”.
It said the conference will provide a forum for discussion among representatives of stakeholder groups such as practitioners, the judiciary, consumers, major court users and other interested parties.
Ahead of the conference, the CJC has invites written submissions on what stakeholders have seen over the past year, and in particular on:
- The types of cases being taken on (and not being taken on) by law firms;
- The funding of civil litigation in the light of changes to conditional fee agreements and the introduction of damages-based agreements and qualified one-way costs-shifting; and
- Experiences of costs budgeting and the management of cases through the courts.
Material should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 7 March. Submissions should be no more than 3,000 words long, be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible; and have numbered paragraphs.
Major submissions will be circulated to delegates ahead of the event in order to help provide a fund of material for discussion on the day. The intention is to publish them after the event.