Jackson J has recently completed his preliminary review into the costs of civil litigation. His review opens noting that he had been asked to review the rules and principles governing civil litigation and to make recommendations in order to promote access to justice at proportionate cost. The review is detailed and includes specific chapters on a) the funding of litigation b) fixed costs and c) personal injury litigation.
The preliminary review is currently open to a public consultation and a final report will be published in December 2009.
A copy of Jackson J’s preliminary report can be accessed at http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about_judiciary/cost-review/preliminary-report.htm