Morning, Friday, 13th October 2017
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
With Government preparing to introduce a Civil Liability Bill, this discussion is timed to consider the future for proposals to reform the Soft Tissue Injury (‘whiplash’) Claims process, and their implications for claimants, insurers and the future of the personal injury market. It is also timed to follow Lord Justice Jackson’s review of fixed recoverable costs - which is expected to report this summer - and will bring out latest thinking on options for developing an expanded fixed costs regime that can promote both efficiency and access to justice.
As the Judiciary take forward proposals from Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review - expected to be underpinned by a Courts Reform Bill - further sessions will look at the next steps for modernising the civil courts. Discussion will focus on the delivery of the proposed ‘Online Court’ for small claims and challenges around the expansion of online dispute resolution and digitised court services, as well as priorities for implementing Brigg’s wider recommendations - looking at proposals for a single enforcement court, greater investment in regional courts, changes to the role of case officers and the expansion of alternative dispute resolution.
The conference is expected to bring together key policymakers with a range of stakeholders, including members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and other relevant Departments, representatives from across the civil justice system - including legal practitioners, insurers, business associations and consumer groups - as well as academics and representatives of the national and trade press.