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The Civil Justice Council has announced the membership of an expert working party that will consider implementation of the Jackson reforms of civil litigation costs.
The working party will be considering proposals for qualified one-way costs shifting, Part 36 and the new proportionality test.
The members of the working party are:
• Chair: Alistair Kinley, head of policy development at the London office of national firm Berrymans Lace Mawer;
• Janet Tilley, managing partner at national firm Coleman CTTS;
• Mark Harvey, partner and head of the claimant division at Wales firm Hugh James;
• David Bott, managing partner at Cheshire firm Bott & Co and president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers;
• Don Clarke, partner and director of strategy at Bolton and Coventry firm Keoghs and vice president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers;
• Judith Gledhill, head of personal injury at national firm Thompsons;
• Hardeep Nahal, litigation partner in the London office of US firm McGuireWoods;
• Graham Huntley, partner in the London office of Hogan Lovells;
• Nick Bacon QC, costs specialist at London chambers 4 New Square;
• Rocco Pirozzolo, solicitor and underwriting manager at insurance group QBE Europe;
• Howard Grand, senior solicitor at Aviva Legal Services;
• David Fisher, catastrophic & injury claims technical manager at AXA Insurance;
• Mandy Knowlton-Rayner, principal risk officer at Norfolk County Council;
• Hilary Homfray, solicitor at Birmingham City Council;
• Kay Majid, solicitor and senior counsel at Tesco;
• Kathryn Mortimer, solicitor and head of legal services at DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company;
• John Usher, solicitor and legal advisor to the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; and
• Colin Stutt, formerly of the Legal Services Commission.
Not a single costs lawyer, costs draftsman or costs judge amongst them. Other than Nick Bacon QC, one has to wonder what experience of detailed assessment proceedings any of them actually has.
And everyone will act all surprised when a totally unworkable definition of “proportionality” emerges.
You couldn’t make it up.