On 6 November 2008 the government published a consultation paper on proposals to reform the way costs from Central Funds are awarded to privately funded Defendants acquitted in criminal cases in England and Wales. One of the proposals put forward is that Central Fund payments to all Defendants, including companies, should be capped at legal aid rates. The proposals will be of significant concern to Defendants and insurers who may become involved in defending unsuccessful prosecutions.  

The consultation closes on 29 January 2009.

View the consultation paper in full.