BLM partner appointed to head CJC group on Jackson reforms

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has appointed Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) head of policy development Alistair Kinley to lead its working party on Lord Justice Jackson’s civil justice reforms.

Lord Justice Jackson
Lord Justice Jackson

The CJC group will look for practical methods of introducing Jackson LJ’s proposals for the overhaul of the litigation system.

Specifically, it will consider proposals for a qualified one-way costs shifting rule, which would mean that claimants would no longer be required to pay defendants’ costs in unsuccessful claims, but defendants would be required to pay claimants’ costs in successful claims.

The group will also consider the introduction of financial sanctions relating to settlement offers and a proposed new test of proportionality.

Kinley joined BLM in 2006 from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), where he was a policy director.

He said in a statement: “The council has a proven track record of helping with the practical implementation of change, most recently regarding the road traffic claims process.

“The CJC is pleased to have been invited to help the MoJ with this important work and I’m committed to us developing workable proposals in these challenging areas.”

The working party is expected to report back to the MoJ by the end of September. This will be followed by a stakeholder workshop in the autumn where responses from the profession will be considered.