News in brief 2nd June 2016

ACL announces Briggs event

The ACL is holding ‘An evening with Lord Justice Briggs’ on Wednesday 8 June in London, where the judge in charge of the Civil Courts Structure Review will outline his thinking, followed by a discussion. There are a limited number of free places available, which will handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is 4.45pm for a 5pm start, followed by drinks reception from 6-7pm. To book a place, email enquiries@costslawyer.co.uk.

Allen joins Burcher Jennings

Well-known Costs Lawyer Richard Allen (pictured) has joined Burcher Jennings. A founding non-executive director of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board, he is also one of the small number of Costs Lawyers who have made partner in a solicitor’s practice when he was at Essex firm Liddell & Company. He was previously at Lawlords and, before that, was head of the costs team at Minster Law.

Martyn Jennings, CEO of Burcher Jennings, said: “Richard will play a pivotal role in driving the full-service nature of the firm, working with clients to boost profitability through a focus on costs, pricing and funding.

Introduction of clinical negligence fixed fees delayed

Fixed recoverable costs will not be introduced for clinical negligence cases on 1 October as planned, the Department of Health has admitted.

A letter from health minister Ben Gummer to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) acknowledged that the delay in publication of its consultation meant the implementation timetable was not achievable.

The consultation was first scheduled for last autumn, but has been repeatedly delayed to the point where there was simply not enough time for a consultation and then amendments to the CPR to be made in time. It will not be published until after the EU referendum.

Mr Gummer said implementation would happen “as soon as possible following the consultation, in line with Civil Procedure Rules”.

An APIL spokeswoman said: “This will be a considerable relief to our members who will need time to prepare their businesses and provide clarity and certainty for clients about changes to how cases are to be costed and conducted. In the meantime, we will continue ongoing talks with the Department of Health about how the NHS can save money without compromising on access to justice for injured patients.”

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