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Apr012011

UK implementation of Jackson reform on costs and funding 

UK: Government Implementation of Jackson Reforms on the Costs and Funding of Litigation. Introduction of Contingency Fees and increased Mediation

The UK government made a series of announcements on 30 March 2011 about major reforms of funding and reform of the civil justice system. These broadly follow the recommendations of the 2010 Review of Civil Litigation Costs by Lord Justice Jackson and the Report Common Sense, Common Safety by Lord Young of Graffham. 
The funding proposals are to be implemented in primary and secondary legislation and court rules. The headlines are:
    • Deconstruction of the CFA experiment for funding claims, which has cost defendants and insurers a great deal, but replacement with contingency fees, albeit regulated and capped.
    • Further moves towards mandatory mediation and ADR.

 

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