Fixed costs for complex cases deemed 'totally inappropriate' and may prevent legitimate claims being pursued, say the Law Society and Bar Council

'Extremely concerning' proposals to fixed the costs in all civil claims at £250,000 risk access to justice and tilting the courts further in favour of government and big business.

In his speech on 28 January to the Insolvency Practitioners' Association, Lord Justice Jackson revealed his recommendations to extend fixed costs to all civil claims, including personal injury cases up to a value of £250,000, irrespective of complexity.

Speaking in Westminster, the judge said it was time to extend the fees regime but called on the government to pause plans for fixed fees for clinical negligence.

The Court of Appeal jud...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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