What lies ahead in 2020?
As a New Year and decade begins, we have a brief look at what developments defendants and insurers are likely to see in 2020 and beyond.
Extension to Fixed Recoverable costs
Early in 2019, the Ministry of Justice launched a Consultation on extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in civil cases in England and Wales. The Consultation sought views on the implementation of the recommendations made by Sir Rupert Jackson in his Report on Fixed Recoverable Costs published in July 2017. Sir Rupert Jackson proposed extending the fixed costs regime as a means of ensuring proportionate costs, he remarked "…Controlling litigation costs is a vital part of promoting access to justice. If the costs are too high, people cannot afford lawyers. If the costs are too low, there will not be any lawyers doing the work."
Forbes Represents Local Authority at the Coroners Court
Forbes has recently represented the interests of a local authority in an Inquest following the death of a man in a house fire in 2018.
In a tragic accident, an elderly man died as the result of injuries caused in a house fire. Following his death an Inquest was arranged. Inquests are legal inquiries into the cause and circumstance of a death and are held whenever there is reasonable cause to suspect that a death was due to anything other than natural causes.