Jackson to Review Fixed Recoverable Costs

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12 December, 2016

Lord Justice Jackson has been commissioned to undertake a review of fixed recoverable costs.

The review will consider the types and areas of litigation in which such costs should be extended, and the value of claims to which such a regime should apply. Jackson has commented "Although the momentum is heavily for reform, the review will provide ample opportunity for comments and submissions on the form and scope that reform should take,'. Jackson has previously been a vocal advocate of the extension of fixed costs and has argued for them to apply to all civil claims worth up to £250,000.

Although the review formally begins in January, Jackson has called for immediate submissions. It is anticipated that the review will be complete by 31 July 2017.

View are sought on:

  • the level of claim at which fixed recoverable costs should stop and costs budgeting should apply instead;
  • how to accommodate counsel's fees and other disbursements within a fixed recoverable costs regime; and
  • the difference between claimant and defendant costs

Written evidence or submissions to assist the review by Monday 16 January 2017 should be sent to: fixed.costs@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk.

Sarah Wilkinson

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