On 31 July 2017, Sir Rupert Jackson published his latest conclusions and recommendations for extending fixed recoverable costs to a much wider range of civil claims than lower value personal injury claims. He refers to doing so as being the "unfinished business" of costs reform. Lord Justice Jackson launched his report at an event at the Law Society before an invited audience which included BLM’s Alistair Kinley, director of policy and government affairs, and Michelle Penn, BLM partner and Law Society Civil Justice Committee Member.
This latest Jackson report has been welcomed by the senior judiciary and, given the near full implementation of his 2009 report (via the LASPO Act 2012, case law and associated regulations), it looks very likely that these further reforms will be put in to practice (after the necessary Government-led consultations about the fine details).
We have recorded a podcast which examines the ‘Jacksonian’ era of costs and procedural reform, recapping on the first wave of reform and discussing the key proposals made in the new report on fixed recoverable costs. BLM consultant, Terry Renouf interviews Alistair Kinley and BLM’s Head of Costs, Adam Burrell in the podcast which explores the likely timing and process of implementation, and the potential impact of the changes on the costs of civil litigation and access to justice.
A link to the full report can be found by clicking here.