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06th February 2012

Litigation Cost Reforms Delayed

The Government has announced that it intends to defer the implementation of its proposed controversial reforms of civil litigation costs until April 2013,

 to give more time for law firms to adjust to the detailed changes that are anticipated. Derived from the Sir Rupert Jackson's 2008 Report, the reforms include fundamental changes to the 'Conditional Fee Agreement' regime (including the abolition of the recoverability of success fees and 'After The Event' insurance premiums), an increased weighting of the cost consequences of 'Offers To Settle', and 'Qualified One Way Cost Shifting' for personal injury claims, reducing the prospect of claimants having to meet the legal costs of a successful Defendant.

For further information, contact Dominic Hopkins on dominichopkins@hewitsons.com or on 01604 463339

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