Reforming UK civil litigation
As civil litigation reforms in the United Kingdom unfold, Kennedys is here to keep you up to date on the latest developments and what they mean for you and your business.
The greatest shake up to civil litigation in England and Wales in recent years followed the publication of Sir Rupert Jackson's Report in 2010. The resulting suite of interlocking reforms transformed the litigation landscape as we knew it. Aimed initially at personal injury claims, many of the changes were introduced by LASPO (the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act), which came into force on 1 April 2013. Implementation of related measures have continued, including by the Civil Liability Act 2018. Whilst change continues to evolve in the personal injury space, reform is occurring in other areas of civil litigation and other UK jurisdictions.
Kennedys is a leading voice on civil litigation reforms. We have been engaging with clients, government officials and other key stakeholders since before the Jackson reforms.
Technology is the tool not the master. In using it, we must question everything about the justice system to determine if it – the system – is fit for purpose in achieving the goals of fairness, proportionality and justice. Only when we are confident that we have placed the human experience at the centre of the system should we deploy technology to streamline the process and help deliver the outcomes.
Deborah Newberry, Corporate Affairs Director