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Extension of QOCS the key to the “true Jackson”, says Ramsey

Mr Justice Ramsey, the judge in charge of Jackson implementation, has said that extending qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) beyond the limits of personal injury and defamation holds the key to unlocking the “true Jackson”.

July 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Jackson has done nothing to improve commercial litigation, say City solicitors

Litigators from many of the City’s top firms have expressed deep concerns about the impact of the Jackson reforms, saying they have increased the cost of litigation without improving its efficiency.

March 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law Society policy chief: mega-firms could dominate PI claims in three years

There could be just five or six giant claimant personal injury law firms in three years’ time after a major consolidation of the market, a senior Law Society official has predicted. Mark Stobbs said the Jackson reforms had inadvertently incentivised the mega-firms to drive up the number of claims.

October 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Jackson implementation lectures restart with patents court success story

Reforms to the Patents County Court (PCC) – including a costs cap – have been a “considerable success” and enabled more people to bring cases, the first Jackson implementation lecture in nearly nine months has revealed.

February 26th, 2013 | Comments Off on Jackson implementation lectures restart with patents court success story

Rule committee set to approve surprise tripling of provisional assessment limit

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee should this week sign off an unexpected tripling of the limit for provisional assessment to £75,000, it has emerged. The change has been approved by the government, a Ministry of Justice spokesman told Litigation Futures yesterday.

February 5th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Insuring part 36 risks after April

Kain Knight recently hosted a seminar to discuss the Jackson reforms and the effect they will have once implemented, via the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act in April. Although this meant much of the seminar discussed various hypotheses, the explanations given by the keynote speakers helped to provide clarity on a number of issues surrounding the reforms. The seminar also confirmed the general consensus that there are areas of the reforms which remain shrouded in uncertainty.

February 5th, 2013 | Comments Off on Insuring part 36 risks after April

1 April set in stone as government unveils further statutory instruments to implement LASPO

Any hopes that the 1 April implementation of the Jackson reforms might be delayed have been ended by a statutory instrument that seems to set the date in stone. The news comes as the government laid two further orders before Parliament that will bring further aspects of the reforms into force on that day.

January 30th, 2013 | Comments Off on 1 April set in stone as government unveils further statutory instruments to implement LASPO

Keystone unveils pre-LASPO ATE product to deal with impact of 1 April on live cases

Keystone Legal has launched a ‘pre-LASPO’ after-the-event insurance product that it says addresses key post-LASPO threats to currently insured cases. The company also confirmed that it is to stay in the market for personal injury claims once the reforms come into force.

January 30th, 2013 | Comments Off on Keystone unveils pre-LASPO ATE product to deal with impact of 1 April on live cases

City litigators highlight “surprising implications” of new DBA regulations

The draft Damages-Based Agreement (DBA) Regulations 2013 have “surprising implications” because they appear to preclude partial or hybrid DBAs, one of the City’s top litigation firms, Herbert Smith Freehills, has argued.

January 25th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

10 weeks until Jackson and still no rules: LSLA chief warns of chaos

The absence of rules, regulations and practice directions with just 10 weeks to go before implementation of the Jackson reforms is “wholly unacceptable” and threatens the tip the civil litigation system into chaos, the president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association has said.

January 22nd, 2013 | Comments Off on 10 weeks until Jackson and still no rules: LSLA chief warns of chaos