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Peers reinstate three amendments as clock begins to tick on LASPO

The House of Lords yesterday reinstated three of its amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill to intensify the battle of wills with the Commons. The bill needs to be finalised by next Monday.

July 24th, 2012 | Comments Off on Peers reinstate three amendments as clock begins to tick on LASPO

Government overturns LASPO changes as Djanogly hits out at "inflated" law firm profits

The government as expected overturned all of the House of Lords amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill last night, with justice minister Jonathan Djanogly saying the Jackson reforms would put an end to the “racket” that has allowed “inflated profits” for law firms.

July 18th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government overturns LASPO changes as Djanogly hits out at "inflated" law firm profits

Peripheral vision

There was a time when it looked like the Jackson report was heading for the long grass. Instead, it has now been embraced almost in its totality by the Coalition government, with the referral fee ban being the piece of the famously “interlocking” reforms that few had expected to see until very recently. Though Lord Justice Jackson himself is becoming peripheral to their implementation, PI lawyers need to be planning now for a very changed future.

July 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Lords votes on Jackson reforms leave claimant groups frustrated

Claimant groups have welcomed the House of Lords votes to exclude industrial disease cases from the end of recoverability, but questioned why there is a different rule for other injured people. Also, refusing to put the 10% increase in damages on the face of the bill could cause problems, they warned.

July 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Lords votes on Jackson reforms leave claimant groups frustrated

Tebbit and Mackay join LASPO fight as ATE working group reports to Ministry of Justice

Former cabinet minister Lord Tebbit and one-time Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay have thrown their weight behind amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

July 13th, 2012 | Comments Off on Tebbit and Mackay join LASPO fight as ATE working group reports to Ministry of Justice

APIL to float last-ditch Jackson compromise

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) will next week launch a final attempt to challenge the Jackson reforms by setting out a new negotiating position that drops outright opposition to the changes. However, while the Law Society said the proposals deserve “serious consideration”, another claimant lobbying group attacked APIL’s move, while defendant lawyers rebuffed any suggestion of compromise over the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

July 9th, 2012 | Comments Off on APIL to float last-ditch Jackson compromise

That's it: LASPO Bill clears its final hurdles

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO) effectively ended its parliamentary passage yesterday after one final effort by the House of Lords to force a government rethink over domestic violence failed by the narrowest of margins.

June 26th, 2012 | Comments Off on That's it: LASPO Bill clears its final hurdles

Government gives way over impact of Jackson reforms on mesothelioma victims

Mesothelioma claims are to remain outside of the Jackson reforms once they are implemented next April, pending a review of their impact on sufferers, the government announced yesterday in a surprise concession.

June 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government gives way over impact of Jackson reforms on mesothelioma victims

Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

The government will today try and invoke a controversial parliamentary rule that will bypass efforts by peers to hold on to their amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, Legal Futures can confirm.

June 17th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

Academic report attacks "excessive and over-zealous" Jackson reforms

The Jackson reforms are “excessive and over-zealous” in their impact on personal injury work, failing to achieve their core objective of promoting access to justice at proportionate cost, an academic study has concluded. Dr Claire McIvor said the judge’s recommendations “blatantly prioritise the interests of defendants”.

June 17th, 2012 | Comments Off on Academic report attacks "excessive and over-zealous" Jackson reforms