Jackson reforms one year on—how has it affected costs lawyers?

Jackson reforms one year on—how has it affected costs lawyers?

Dispute Resolution analysis: Following Lord Jackson’s review of civil legal costs, new measures were brought into force on 1 April 2013. On the first anniversary of the reforms, Andrew McAulay, costs and litigation funding manager at Clarion Solicitors, explains how litigation has changed under the Jackson regime.

How has Jackson affected your day-to-day life?
The Jackson Reforms have affected my day-to-day life in the following main areas:

Costs budgeting

We are now as busy as ever. Costs budgeting has resulted in a surge of additional work. We have had to put a lot of effort into creating new precedents and learning about costs budgeting in a very short space of time. The summer of 2013 was very difficult as this is when most cases required costs budgets to be prepared for the first time and with judges new to costs budgeting it was a difficult and challenging period. We are now much more comfortable with costs budgeting. We work with over 50 law firms nationwide and are starting to see regular trends and patterns in terms of estimating future costs with those firms. This will enable us to help firms budget more accurately as time goes on.

Mitchell Decision

Everyone in the profession is concerned since Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537, [2013] All ER (D) 314 (Nov) ruling. For the legal costs world, it had a great impact as costs work was traditionally fairly low risk but Mitchell turned that upside down. We are now much more focused on efficiency, diary management and reviewing deadlines to ensure we do not fall foul of a

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