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Litigation focus | Killed or made stronger?

The Bar has proved surprisingly good at adapting to change, but the LASPO reforms are setting unprecedented challenges, says Charles Cory-Wright QC

26 July 2013

The Ministry of Justice remains addicted to cutting. Like so many involved in abuse and self-harm, it repeatedly proves itself incapable of listening to good sense. It is deaf to everything but its own narrative - that all lawyers are driven only by self-interest, and that any opposition from them to its schemes must be venal in nature.

Meanwhile, practitioners have had to grapple with the consequent changes. ?Those working in injury litigation are not only under fire from the big guns of LASPO itself, but also from the camp-followers, in the form of changes to the CPR, and in particular to the portals and the fast track. ?It is still, nearly four months in, unclear quite how these changes are going to play out in the courts; but this dispatch from the front may help.

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