Michael Todd QC, Chairman-elect of the Bar Council, is to set up a working group in the New Year to draw up proposals to modernise civil litigation.
Speaking in Dubai at the annual International Bar Association (IBA) conference, in November, Todd said the time had come to find more efficient ways to deliver dispute resolution services. “The consistent message I hear from business leaders is that when they conduct litigation, mediation or arbitration, their core requirements are quality, cost-effectiveness and speed.
“We consistently strive to meet those requirements, but there is more that can be done. For some time, the Bar has been adapting in order to improve and enhance the speed and efficiency of civil disputes. “I am committed to ensuring that the Bar works closely with the judiciary and other legal professionals to examine this issue more closely.”
Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Bar, also addressing the IBA conference, told delegates that an independent judiciary is the most important element in attracting clients to any jurisdiction. “The legal services sector in England and Wales has flourished because of its excellence and high professional standards,” he said.
“These complement a judiciary which is respected all over the world for its quality, efficiency and incorruptibility. These are key factors in maintaining and enhancing our reputation as the world’s leading financial and dispute resolution centre.”