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As the deadline for responses to Lord Justice Jackson’s interim report on civil litigation costs draws closer, it is worth noting that across the City senior litigators are questioning the motives behind the review.

In the first in a series of profiles by The Lawyer of leading litigation practices, Norton Rose global head of dispute resolution Antony Dutton defends London’s litigation bills.

Clients, he says, want a Rolls Royce service and are willing to pay for it. What they do want, he argues, is a judiciary which is empathetic to their court service needs (see blog).

Dutton is not alone in his thinking.

“Do clients say London is bad value?” questions Allen & Overy’s global litigation head Tim House. “No. London is still the best.”

“I think clients are much more sophisticated and they know how to control costs and the value of the services they get,” adds Herbert Smith litigation chief Sonya Leydecker.

Over the coming months we’ll hear the views of London’s top litigators on how the market is developing – and what London needs to do to stay ahead of the game.