Reform of civil litigation rules could save NHS millions of pounds

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c308
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The NHS stands to save tens of millions of pounds a year if recommendations for the biggest shake-up of civil litigation costs in England and Wales for a decade are implemented.

    The year long review, supported by the Ministry of Justice and carried out by the senior appeal court judge Lord Justice Jackson, calls for an end to the rule that losing defendants must pay “success fees” on top of their normal costs to lawyers who represent winning claimants under “no win, no fee” deals.

    Claimants’ lawyers regularly claim success fees of double their usual costs in such cases, in some cases up to £900 (€1000; $1500) an hour, …

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