Jackson remains tight-lipped

Print This Post

25 February 2011


Lord Justice Jackson said last week that he was “not prepared to comment” when challenged about his commitment to his proposals for civil litigation costs if a financial review questioned their wisdom.

He was questioned at the recent Solicitors Costs Conference in London by Phil Bellamy, underwriting manager at Legal Futures Associate DAS Group. Mr Bellamy asked if the judge would still be so passionate about full implementation of his primary proposals if an independent financial review concluded, as predicted by various experts, that they would cause insurance premiums and local and national taxes to rise.

Dominic Clayden, director of technical claims at Aviva, has recently confirmed that the insurer has computer modelled the Jackson report, and found that costs would increase rather than fall. These extra costs would have to be passed on to all policyholders in the form of higher premiums.

With an increasing number of academic studies concluding that civil litigation costs would rise under Jackson, Mr Bellamy called on the Ministry of Justice to conduct a full independent financial impact assessment before reaching any conclusions on the recently closed consultation.

Tags: ,


Leave a comment

* Denotes required field

All comments will be moderated before posting. Please see our Terms and Conditions

Legal Futures Blog

How do you choose your ATE provider?

Tony Dyas Allianz

Choosing an after-the-event (ATE) insurance provider isn’t easy for solicitors. Differentiation between products and price is not always clear at first glance and you don’t really know what you’re getting until you use it years later. And, as with all intangible insurance products, you can’t take it back. Many solicitors are very loyal to their ATE providers and often focus on price, but this isn’t the only consideration. So, as a law firm, what should you be thinking about when considering who to work with?

November 23rd, 2017