Govt to consult on contingency fees and limiting 'loser pays' model
The Government is set to consult on the introduction of contingency fees in UK litigation alongside other key recommendations proposed by Lord Justice Jackson to reform civil litigation costs. Parliamentary under secretary of state for justice Jonathan Djanogly announced today (26 July) that the Ministry of Justice will consult on recommendations published in January in Jackson's high-profile report ‘Review of Civil Litigation Costs'. The consultation will launch in the autumn and will seek views on whether lawyers should be permitted to enter into damages-based agreements (DBAs) or ‘contingency fees' in litigation. If introduced, lawyers will be allowed for the first time to take a slice of their client's damages, after Jackson acknowledged that the "arguments in favour of contingency fees... outweigh the arguments against".
The Government is set to consult on the introduction of contingency fees in UK litigation alongside other key recommendations proposed by Lord Justice Jackson to reform civil litigation costs.
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