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March 30, 2011

Key highlights: civil justice reform proposals

by Gill Montia

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Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has unveiled proposed reforms to the civil justice system including changes to the “no win, no fee” agreements that have been blamed for soaring car insurance premiums.

The proposals, which have been launched for public consultation, include ending the recoverability of success fees and awarding successful claimants a 10% uplift in damages in return for expecting them to pay their lawyers’ success fees.

There are also plans to improve how court judgments are enforced and to increase the use of mediation to help people avoid court where possible.

Other key changes include:

Raising the small claims limit from £5,000 to £15,000.

Changing the county court jurisdiction so that the High Court is used for bigger and more complex claims only.

Expanding the use of a successful online system to slash waiting times and legal expenses.

The closing date for the consultation is 30th June 2011 and new legislation is expected as soon as parliamentary time allows.


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