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The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On$
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Déirdre Dwyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576883.001.0001

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A Blot on the Landscape

A Blot on the Landscape

(p.156) (p.157) 8 A Blot on the Landscape
The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

John Peysner

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses why the English civil costs regime has failed, and what needs to be done for it to recover. In 1995, Lord Woolf in his Interim Report stated that, ‘the expense of litigation is one of the most fundamental problems confronting the civil justice system’. The parallel development of conditional fees has sharpened the difficulty of ensuring a fair balance between parties to litigation and has encouraged ‘cost building’. While the new litigation landscape introduced by the CPR has been generally welcomed, costs remain a significant and continuing blot.

Keywords:   civil costs, Lord Woolf, Interim Report, litigation, civil justice system

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