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Experts identify the changes on the way for dispute resolution
Royds’ dispute resolution team has advised clients to be aware of a number of likely changes to litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the year ahead.
As 2016 begins, our solicitors have been considered the changes likely to have the greatest consequences for cases heard in England and Wales.
The significant developments over the next 12 months are likely to include:
- Changes to the costs management rules and practice direction.
- An extension of the regime for fixed recoverable costs.
- The introduction of two important pieces of legislation, namely the Insolvency Rules 2016 and the Insurance Act 2015.
- Reform of the civil courts, including the outcome of a review by Lord Justice Briggs.
In the case of the latter, an interim report was published last month, although many of the recommendations are only provisional at this stage, with the review due to be completed in July.
The Lord Chief Justice, The Rt Hon Lord Thomas, said: “The time is ripe for reform, and it is in any event essential and unavoidable. This review will make a considerable contribution to that process and to the future shape of the civil courts.”
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