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Uncertainty surrounding new costs regime will trigger debate and satellite litigation


With only weeks to go before the implementation of Lord Jackson's proposals for reforming the costs in civil litigation to make litigation cheaper and more accessible, there is still uncertainty as to how the reforms will work in practice.

The reforms are principally focused on dismantling the conditional fee agreement regime to address the perceived unfairness of exorbitant success fees and after the event premiums in personal injury and small claims. However, the reforms will affect all multi-track cases in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions.

Writing exclusively for Legal Week, Tim Hardy, head of litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna, explains why the reforms' success will largely depend on the manner in which the judiciary implement them.

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