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Guarded welcome for Jackson’s fixed-cost plans

Lawyers have responded positively to Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed costs, while expressing relief that he had modified his initial idea of imposing a grid on all cases worth up to £250,000. However, concerns remain about how the plans will operate.

August 1st, 2017 | No Comments »

Fixed-cost plans for clinical negligence “will prevent many cases being brought”, CJC warns

Government plans to impose fixed costs on clinical negligence cases worth up to £25,000 “will prevent many cases being brought”, the Civil Justice Council has warned. The CJC said it was particularly concerned that the new regime for experts “may indeed prove to be a barrier to access to justice”.

May 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Jackson backs cost capping for Mercantile Court pilot

Lord Justice Jackson has chosen cost capping, rather than fixed costs, as the way forward for a voluntary pilot he hopes to introduce in the Mercantile Court, as the judge continues to investigate the possible extension of fixed recoverable costs. The pilot, for cases worth up to £250,000, would follow the model used in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

April 13th, 2017 | No Comments »

Government to make announcement on campaign for DBA changes “soon”

An announcement on whether the regulations governing damages-based agreements are to be changed is expected shortly, a major conference on the first year of the Jackson reforms heard on Friday. The extension of fixed recoverable costs is also on the government’s agenda.

March 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

JR reaction: “a dark day” for accident victims, says APIL

The High Court’s rejection of the challenge to the RTA portal fee cut represents “a dark day” for accident victims, APIL has claimed. “Many vulnerable victims of injury will now find it impossible to obtain independent legal representation as a result of the bitterly disappointing judgment,” it said.

March 4th, 2013 | Comments Off on JR reaction: “a dark day” for accident victims, says APIL

Portal fees JR heard today as defendant lawyers suggest government may have defused it

Claimant lawyers’ hopes of derailing the government’s plan to cut RTA portal fees from £1,200 to £500 rest in court 1 of the Royal Courts of Justice today. Defendant insurance lawyers have argued that Wednesday’s portal announcement was timed to defuse the arguments.

March 1st, 2013 | Comments Off on Portal fees JR heard today as defendant lawyers suggest government may have defused it

New portal fee to cost claimant lawyers £200m

Slashing the basic RTA portal fee from £1,200 to £500 will cost claimant lawyers £200m a year, the Ministry of Justice has estimated. It has also argued that it would be wrong to assume that referral fees were not taken into account when the £1,200 was agreed.

February 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

CJC urges delay in cutting fixed costs, saying £500 “may be unrealistic”

The proposed £500 fee for handling RTA portal work may be “unrealistic” and the government should wait until at least next year before setting new fixed recoverable costs, the Civil Justice Council has told the government. In the meantime fee levels should instead be uprated by inflation, it said.

January 31st, 2013 | Comments Off on CJC urges delay in cutting fixed costs, saying £500 “may be unrealistic”

Bar seeks “low fixed-fee” role in portal and fast-track cases

The Ministry of Justice is storing up even more trouble in portal and fast-track cases by cutting out barristers, the Bar Council and Personal Injuries Bar Association have said. The pair argued that instead of abolishing the disbursement basis for paying the Bar, it should introduce a low fixed-fee system.

January 21st, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Ignore portal delay and press on with fixed costs, FOIL urges government

The delay in extending the RTA portal should not mean that the introduction of fixed fees should be held back, insurance lawyers told the government yesterday. Meanwhile, judicial training for the Jackson reforms has begun, but there is no date for a key appeal ruling on costs management.

January 15th, 2013 | Comments Off on Ignore portal delay and press on with fixed costs, FOIL urges government