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Scheduled one year on from Government's implementation of Lord Justice Jackson's recommendations on civil costs and funding, this seminar provided an opportunity to consider next steps for civil justice reform in England and Wales. Sessions brought together key policymakers with stakeholders impacted by the Jackson reforms - including legal practitioners, insurers, business associations and consumer groups.
Delegates considered the impact of the Government reforms so far - most notably in relation to funding, case management and cost management - and what more can be done to ensure that an evolving framework supports access to justice at proportionate cost. Discussion focused on the introduction of non-recoverable success fees and insurance premiums, as well as the introduction of damages-based agreements in civil cases. Delegates also considered wider changes to personal injury cases such as the referral fee ban and the revised regime for fixed recoverable costs.