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Lord Neuberger’s speech at the Association of Costs Lawyers’ Annual Conference 2012 finished with the warning:
“the Jackson reforms represent the boldest attempt to cure our costs problem yet attempted. Should they fail to reduce costs, it seems to me that we will face a stark choice: the rejection of the English costs rule and the adoption of either a US-style costs rule or a German-style fixed costs regime.”
Is the spectacularly botched implementation of the Jackson reforms a cunning way to guarantee this outcome?