This Act received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012 and has a much broader scope than its title suggests. After a hard fought legislative process, many of its provisions are expected to come into force in April 2013. It introduces several of the civil justice reforms proposed by Lord Justice Jackson, aimed at driving down the cost of civil litigation. The Act includes provisions which significantly reduce the extent to which legal costs and insurance premiums are recoverable from losing parties in litigation that is pursued on a "no win no fee" basis. It also significantly reduces the availability of legal aid funding, promotes the use of settlement offers in litigation and makes changes to the criminal justice and sentencing regime. The full effects of the Jackson reforms on civil litigation will be far reaching, but will take some time to work through the court system.