US-style success fees - a controversy waiting to happen
How do you float a policy that can be so easily caricatured as bringing US litigation culture to these shores without an almighty row breaking out? Well, the coalition Government, having been lent a helping hand by Lord Justice Jackson's report on civil litigation costs and the state of the public finances, has found the answer - announcing the measure as part of reforms that will yank hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money out of the justice system. In delivering policy, as ever, it's all about the mood music.
Amid the £350m cut to legal aid, plans for success fees have slipped under the radar
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