The Law Society said: 'without safeguards – a deep-pocketed and unscrupulous party could force their opponent to run up legal bills they’ll never recover'

The Ministry of Justice yesterday (6 September) published its long-awaited response to the consultation on the extension of fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in civil law cases in England and Wales. 

The response confirmed the extension of FRC to all cases in the fast track (generally cases with a value up to £25,000) and the implementation of a new "expanded" fast track for "intermediate" cases, which it described as “simpler” cases valued between £25,000 and £100,000.