New president and justices of the Supreme Court announced

It was announced yesterday that Lord Reed will succeed Lady Hale as President of the Supreme Court when she retires on 10 January 2020, having served as president since September 2017. Lord Reed is currently Deputy President, and therefore a new Deputy President will need to be appointed. Three additional appointments were also announced, to … Read more

Government consults on introducing fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

On 28 March 2019, the government published a consultation seeking views on implementing the proposals in Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed recoverable costs (“FRC”) for civil claims, which was published on 31 July 2017 (see this post). The consultation will be open until 6 June 2019. Lord Justice Jackson’s report recommended extending the current … Read more

Open Justice:  Rule changes to increase transparency in the civil courts

From 6 April 2019, a number of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules will come into effect with the intention of reinforcing the principle of open justice and clarifying how it operates in the civil courts. The amendments include: emphasising the general rule that hearings are to be held in public, and clarifying the test … Read more

Draft Civil Procedure Rule changes in the event of a no deal Brexit

The government has published a draft statutory instrument, the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which makes amendments to the CPR that are consequential on the various other civil justice measures that are to be implemented in the event of a no deal Brexit. These include, most importantly, the disapplication of the … Read more