Government proposals and consultations

UK: Interim report published in Civil Courts Structure Review

An important judicial report has been published examining the need for changes to the court structure and processes for civil justice in England and Wales. The Civil Courts Structure Review by Lord Justice Briggs was commissioned by the senior judiciary to coincide … Continue reading

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The EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform – an update on timing

It has been confirmed that online businesses will have an extended timeframe in which to comply with new obligations to signpost customers to the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform being set up by the EU Commission. As we have previously reported, the EU … Continue reading

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Public consultation on mediation in the EU

The EU Commission has launched a consultation to gather views on the extent to which the EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC) has achieved its objectives and to consider whether any changes to the Directive are appropriate. Responses to the consultation will … Continue reading

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UK Government announces plans for implementation of the EU ADR Directive and ODR Regulation

The UK Government has announced its plans for implementing the ADR Directive and the ODR Regulation, both of which are aimed at promoting the use of ADR schemes in disputes involving consumer complaints throughout the EU. While the Government is not at this stage … Continue reading

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Online Dispute Resolution in the UK – new advisory group to kick start policy process

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has established a new advisory group to explore the role that online dispute resolution (ODR) can play in resolving civil disputes. ODR involves the resolution of disputes across the internet, using techniques such e-negotiation and … Continue reading

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UK: Review of ADR in the Chancery Division of the High Court

A review of current practices and procedures in the Chancery Division of the High Court (known as the Chancery Modernisation Review) was undertaken in 2013, led by Lord Justice Briggs.  The final report, published following consultation on a provisional report, includes … Continue reading

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EU Parliament questionnaire on effective mediation policy

The European Parliament has issued a public questionnaire (‘Assessing the Impact of the EU Mediation Directive and Exploring Legislative and Non-Legislative Measures to Encourage the Use of Mediation in EU Member States’) to gather information about mediation policy and practice in civil and … Continue reading

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UK: Jackson ADR Handbook published

The publication today by OUP of the "Jackson ADR Handbook" (the Handbook) forms part of the suite of measures introduced earlier this month to reform civil litigation in England and Wales. The Handbook is intended to inform litigants, lawyers and judges … Continue reading

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European Parliament adopts legislative Resolutions on ADR proposals

On 12 March 2013, the European Parliament adopted two key legislative measures regarding ADR in respect of consumer disputes. The first Resolution deals with the proposed Directive on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the second Resolution deals with the proposed … Continue reading

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ADR central to UK Government’s far-reaching reform of competition law class actions

The Government yesterday published its plans for reforming the UK regime for competition law private actions, following a detailed consultation exercise carried out last year. The wide-ranging reforms controversially include the creation of an opt-out collective action for competition law … Continue reading

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