Update: Review of fixed recoverable costs

24 November 2016

Appointment of Assessor

Lord Justice Jackson has appointed an additional Assessor to assist him on the review, Iain Stark, who is Chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers. See the full list of assessors.

21 November 2016

Extension of deadline for written comments to 23 January 2017

Lord Justice Jackson has announced that the deadline for written submissions to the review of Fixed Recoverable Costs has been extended by one week, to Monday 23rd January 2017. The small extension is to assist respondents who are also submitting evidence to the Government’s consultation on whiplash claims and the proposed increase in the small claims limit for personal injury cases.

Lord Justice Jackson would also like to underline that written evidence should address the extension of fixed recoverable costs across civil litigation, the review is by no means confined to reviewing existing areas of law where fixed costs apply. In fact the main emphasis is likely to be on extending the regime to additional areas  of  litigation.


21 November 2016

Brief biographies of the Assessors for the review


11 November 2016

Lord Justice Jackson has been commissioned to undertake a review of fixed recoverable costs, to be completed by 31 July 2017.

The review was commissioned by Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, and Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls. The review’s recommendations will help to inform a Government public consultation on reforms to extend fixed recoverable costs to further areas of civil litigation.

The terms of reference for the review are:

  1. To develop proposals for extending the present civil fixed recoverable costs regime in England and Wales so as to make the costs of going to court more certain, transparent and proportionate for litigants.
  2. To consider the types and areas of litigation in which such costs should be extended, and the value of claims to which such a regime should apply.
  3. To report to the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls by the 31st July 2017.

Lord Justice Jackson has invited written evidence or submissions to assist the review by Monday 16th January 2017, to be sent to: fixed.costs@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk.