Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Civil justice reform in England and Wales - court modernisation, litigation costs and priorities for implementation of the Civil Liability Bill

Morning, Thursday, 7th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will focus on the next steps for civil justice reform in England and Wales, looking at next steps for implementing a modern courts system, as well as reforms to civil litigation and costs.

With the Courts and Tribunal (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill currently progressing through Parliament, delegates will consider the next steps for implementing greater automated services, such as standard costs management following Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations in reviews of civil costs, the impact of the bill on the provision of greater advice and ease of use in the court system, and how the greater role that legally trained court staff will play in courts following the bill, including allowing further judicial functions to be delegated to authorised staff, will affect the efficiency civil proceedings.

Attendees will also assess the potential changes to civil justice legislation following the post-implementation review of LASPO Part 2 and in light of the Civil Liability Bill, including discussion on a fixed tariff for whiplash damages, and the future for damages-based agreements (DBAs).

Further sessions focus on steps taken by Government to reduce the number of unnecessary and fraudulent claims in civil justice, as well as supporting the needs of litigants in person, and latest thinking on how best to close the mediation gap in civil justice across the country.

Keynote Speakers

David Parkin

Deputy Director for Civil Justice and Law, Ministry of Justice

Richard Goodman

Change Director, HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Rt Hon the Lord Justice Coulson

Lord Justice of Appeal and Deputy Head of Civil Justice, Civil Justice Council


Lord Faulks QC

former Minister of State for Civil Justice, Ministry of Justice


Dr Andrew Higgins

Associate Professor, Civil Procedure, University of Oxford and General Editor, Civil Justice Quarterly

James Heath

Partner, Keoghs and President Elect, Forum of Insurance Lawyers

James Dalton

Director, General Insurance Policy, Association of British Insurers

James South

Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

Andrew Twambley

Spokesperson, Access to Justice

Sophie Khan

Solicitor-Director, Sophie Khan & Co

Brett Dixon

President, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Professor Roger Smith

London South Bank University