CoA supports Lord Justice Jackson and rejects Mitchell ‘plebgate’ appeal

The Court of Appeal has issued a stern warning to litigators in a landmark ruling this morning, taking a hard line on lawyers that fail to comply with judicial directions.

By telling Andrew Mitchell MP that his legal budget for his defamation claim against The Sun publishers News Group Newspapers would be restricted to the costs of filing the claim and any court fee the judiciary has put itself in the line of fire from litigators.

“This is a ridiculous decision,” comments one lawyer, while another slams the ruling for being “draconian”.

But this decision was not entirely unexpected. Ever since the former Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke commissioned Lord Justice Jackson to look into costs control measures the writing was on the wall. Jackson LJ targeted conditional fee arrangement reform to bring costs under control.

Almost three years later and the personal injury market is in state of rapid consolidation and redundancy consultations, and the judiciary is zoning in on test cases.

This is Jackson LJ’s vision realised.

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