The Lord Chief Justice says…

We see but a part of the UK’s Justice system and are quick to complain about its shortcomings but the challenges are not always obvious nor the competing demands of other areas of the law.

A quick skim of this year’s report from our most senior judge, which can be accessed here, is informative. UK Justice is a great export with this country often being the jurisdiction of choice. Many other jurisdictions would welcome the accountability and independence of the UK judicial process and as we reflect on further reforms and change (Briggs – online Courts; Jackson – extending fixed costs and of course MoJ on whiplash and small claims) we should step back and remember that they cannot be viewed in isolation.

The rule of law is one of the great pillars of our system (and it does involve reminding / telling Government that it has got things wrong – from time to time) and as we respond to these consultations we should do so constructively: it may not be perfect but it’s not bad and we have a responsibility to make it better – all of it.


Terry Renouf, partner, BLM

Written by Terry Renouf, consultant, BLM

Fixed Costs Part II

If this was a film sequel title you’d most definitely avoid watching it and choose, depending on your taste, either of the superhero blockbuster or  the rom-com showing on the adjacent screens.

Of course, the title has nothing at all to do with films but refers to a new review by Lord Justice Jackson into extending fixed recoverable costs in civil claims. It was announced on 11 November that he has been tasked by the most senior judges – the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls – to conduct a review and make further recommendations by the end of July 2017.

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