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Government agrees to further discussion of clinical negligence costs regime, amid concerns

Four out of five respondents to the government’s consultation on fixed recoverable costs in low-value clinical negligence cases have echoed Civil Justice Council concerns about a single joint expert being used, it has emerged.

February 15th, 2018 | No Comments »

APIL pushes for “predictable claim process” for fixed cost clinical negligence cases

The Association of Personal Injury has called for a “predictable claim process” for clinical negligence actions if the government goes ahead with its plan to impose fixed costs for cases worth up to £25,000. However, a survey has shown strong public support for fixed fees and for lawyers not receiving more in fees that patients did in compensation.

May 2nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Jackson: fixed costs grid is “starting point for debate”

Lord Justice Jackson has sought to calm fears raised by the “grid of fixed costs” he proposed in January this year for all civil claims worth up to £250,000. He described the grid, which drew an angry reaction from litigators, as “a good starting point for debate”

May 24th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Jackson reveals “grid of fixed costs” for cases worth up to £250,000

Lord Justice Jackson has revealed detailed plans which would impose a “grid of fixed costs” on all civil claims worth up to £250,000. Jackson LJ described the current system as “exorbitantly expensive”.

January 29th, 2016 | No Comments »

CJC calls for extension of fixed costs to fight fraud

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has called for the extension of fixed recoverable costs to help in the fight against personal injury fraud. It also backed caps on claims management charges.

May 18th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Neuberger: lack of fixed costs for all fast-track cases “more than disappointing”

Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court, has said it is “more than disappointing” that over four years after government backing for the Jackson reforms “we still do not have fixed costs for all fast track cases”.

January 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

Jackson urges action to extend fixed costs regime

Lord Justice Jackson has urged the government to press ahead with introducing fixed costs in non-personal injury fast-track cases, and for work to begin on fixed costs for matters at the lower end of the multi-track.

October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

The long wait is over – new fixed costs regime published with provision for defendants

The government finally published the rules for the extended portal on Friday – with just 12 full working days until it comes into force on 31 July. It is understood that the introduction of fixed costs for defendants in cases that fall out of the portal was one of the primary causes of the delay.

July 15th, 2013 | Comments Off on The long wait is over – new fixed costs regime published with provision for defendants

MoJ insists it has evidence to justify fee cut as FOIL brands new levels “high but acceptable”

The government has insisted that it does have the evidence to justify the cut in fixed recoverable costs. Meanwhile, defendant insurance lawyers have described the proposed fee levels as “high, but acceptable” and “strongly” urged the Ministry of Justice not to increase them.

January 9th, 2013 | Comments Off on MoJ insists it has evidence to justify fee cut as FOIL brands new levels “high but acceptable”

Evidence points to a £100 increase in portal fees, not a £700 cut, says Law Society

There is “substantial evidence” that the RTA portal fee should go up by £100, rather than down by £700, the Law Society has told the government. It calculated that solicitors should be paid £130 an hour for such cases, which would mean less than four hours’ work at the proposed fee level.

January 8th, 2013 | 1 Comment »