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ABS diary | Optimism in a post-Jackson climate

Russell Jinks is somehow optimistic that the Jackson reforms could be a genuine business opportunity for 
small local firms

24 May 2013

Throughout my career I have worked on the high street as a general litigation solicitor covering a variety of practice areas, although I cut out family and criminal work nearly 20 years ago. Personal injury work now represents a smaller part of my caseload than it did pre-Woolf or, perhaps more accurately, before the rise of the claims management companies and the BTE insurance market. I even remember the days when you would meet the defendant insurer's claims inspector in your office to thrash out a settlement often including costs. If the costs war is now over, I wonder if those days are likely to return.

This is the third revolution in my time. The first was Woolf and the advent of the CPR. This produced some useful tools such as the overriding objective and Part 36, but overall I think costs have escalated, not least due to the need to frontload claims as you had to be fully prepared before you issued. The second was the long running costs war, with the ...

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