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APIL rejoins fixed costs talks

23 October 2009

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has returned to the Civil Justice Council’s talks on fixed costs.

APIL has rejoined the talks, set up as part of Lord Justice Jackson’s review of costs in civil litigation, “following concessions made by the Civil Justice Council”, it said in a statement.

APIL withdrew from the talks in September because, it said, “the CJC, acting on instructions from Lord Justice Jackson, insisted that only figures would be discussed”.

According to APIL’s president John McQuater: “There was no willingness to look at the process rather than just the costs.”

APIL said that any extension of predictable costs would first need proper discussion about a predictable system.

The association said the CJC had now agreed to discuss matters of process and that it had been offered the opportunity to make a final written submission on this issue to Lord Justice Jackson.

However, APIL maintained that it still had “profound skepticism” about the need to extend fixed costs.

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