Government reforms to civil litigation costs and funding will reduce access to justice, increase costs to business and result in a windfall for insurers.
Many claimants will lose a substantial proportion of their damages under the reforms and solicitors may not be in a position to take on higher-risk or lower-value claims.
From 1 April 2013 new rules on conditional fee agreements (CFAs) came into force. On 13 June 2014 new regulations in respect of consumer contracts came into force. We have published a revised CFA guidance and will shortly be publishing an amended model agreement.
We have published a campaigner briefing to help members lobby their local MP over the pace of implementation of the civil justice reforms.
We continue to voice our concerns about proposals for civil litigation costs and funding.
We conducted a series of regional events in 2013 aimed at solicitors and their staff who deal with civil litigation, particularly personal injury claims.