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Exclusive: Djanogly warns insurers that “eyes of government” will be on them

The “eyes of government” and of MPs will be on the insurance industry to see that it delivers lower premiums following the civil justice reforms, according to the man who piloted the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 through Parliament.

March 25th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Specialist solicitors outline concerns over impact of LASPO on the deaf and hard of hearing

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will have a “negative effect” on the deaf and hard of hearing, according to the only law firm in the country with a practice dedicated to this part of the population.

March 22nd, 2013 | Comments Off on Specialist solicitors outline concerns over impact of LASPO on the deaf and hard of hearing

New CPR to be amended next month, rule committee chief reveals

There will be another statutory instrument next month to tidy up the one published last week with changes to the Civil Procedure Rules, after a warning that the new rule on proportionality could affect millions of pounds worth of work already done by solicitors.

February 18th, 2013 | Comments Off on New CPR to be amended next month, rule committee chief reveals

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

Government plan for mesothelioma claims process draws heavy fire from claimant lawyers

Lawyers acting on the new system for dealing with mesothelioma claims will be paid on fixed-fee basis, the government announced yesterday. There will also be a dedicated pre-action protocol and an electronic portal on which the claims will be registered. But the plan to automate the process has been strongly criticised.

December 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

MoJ: no end to recoverability in defamation until costs protection is introduced

The recoverability of success fees and after-the-event insurance in defamation and privacy claims will not come to an end until costs protection is introduced in line with the recommendations of the Leveson report, the government has announced.

December 13th, 2012 | Comments Off on MoJ: no end to recoverability in defamation until costs protection is introduced

Whiplash consultation reaction: claimant fury, ABI joy, defendant lawyers’ caution

Specialist defendant law firms have responded cautiously to yesterday’s whiplash consultation paper amid fury from claimant lawyers and groups. The Association of British Insurers and Insurance Fraud Bureau strongly backed the proposals.

December 12th, 2012 | Comments Off on Whiplash consultation reaction: claimant fury, ABI joy, defendant lawyers’ caution

Lawyers fear lower profitability and having to turn clients away post LASPO

Lower profitability and the possibility of having to turn away clients are law firms’ main concerns ahead of implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), according to new research.

December 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment »