Clinical negligence disputes are "entirely suitable" for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, Lord Justice Jackson has repeated in an attack against sceptics last week.

In the twelfth lecture in his implementation programme, which focused on clinical negligence, Jackson LJ regretted that “among some solicitors and counsel there is still a wall of opposition to mediation in clinical negligence cases where liability and/or causation are in dispute”.

The judge in charge of civil litigation cost reforms accepted “attitudes have been steadily changing over time” but said “a firm steer will be required both in CPD training and in judicial training”.

Jackson LJ’s comments echoed earlier recommendations i...

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