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 new rules on conditional fee agreements (CFAs) come into force. We have published a new model CFA and interim advice for use in personal injury claims.
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 will be conducting a series of regional events during March 2013 aimed at solicitors and their staff who deal with civil litigation, particularly personal injury claims.