Mark Solon

Mark Solon

Mark is managing director of Bond Solon, the largest provider of law-related training to non-lawyers in the UK. A leading expert on expert witnesses, investigatory practice and witness familiarisation, he is a solicitor and a qualified attorney at law in California.

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The experts are restless

Mark Solon finds rumblings of Jackson discontent one year on – around fees, timetables, the amount of work and access to justice.

Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules were introduced in April 2013. Their aim was to streamline civil litigation, increase access to justice, cut costs, speed up the process and focus on key issues at the outset of any matter. Minds were concentrated by Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd last November, when the Court of Appeal restricted the solicitors’ costs budget of more than £500,000 to court fees of £2,000 because the firm was late filing its budget (see Counsel March 2014 p 21). In other cases, “disproportionate and unreasonable” budgets were not approved, a direct result of the Jackson reforms.

16 June 2014
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