There is to be no means test to benefit from qualified one-way costs-shifting, the government has announced. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly provided an update on implementation of the Jackson reforms.
Liverpool costs specialists yesterday claimed a “massive breakthrough” in a dispute about the recovery of ATE insurance in RTA portal cases that has seen thousands of cases stayed. The news came as the government announced a two-year moratorium on ending recoverability in insolvency cases.
The House of Lords yesterday inflicted two defeats on the government over part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, but the main elements of the Jackson reforms remained intact. Third-party litigation funding and referral fees were also under the spotlight.
The Law Society, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Motor Accident Solicitors Society have agreed a compromise on the Jackson reforms that they are to propose to the government, Legal Futures can report. They have won the support of three key charities.
The delay in implementing the Jackson reforms should not be used as an opportunity to let opponents water them down, the government has been warned by a coalition of lawyers, insurers and corporates.
Plans to introduce qualified one-way costs-shifting (QOCS) in personal injury litigation should be scrapped, one of the country’s leading insurance companies has told Legal Futures. Allianz – the first insurer to back away from an aspect of the Jackson reforms – found support from a top claimant lawyer.