Civil Justice In Transformation

Civil Justice In Transformation: Embracing change as opportunities for law firms and litigators – Wednesday October 11th

In early 2022 the Master of the Rolls asked the Civil Justice Council (CJC) to take a holistic look at costs in civil litigation. The CJC’s Costs Review working party reported a few months ago, having looked at costs budgeting, guideline hourly rates, a new fixed recoverable costs regime, and more.

The CJC report made clear that consideration of the costs of litigation should be brought into the heart of the litigation process, which may have all kinds of impact on the profitability of law firm litigation teams.

To explore this, we warmly invite you to the 2023 Harbour Lecture, at which Lord Justice Birss (Justice of the Court of Appeal, Deputy Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales, and leader of the CJC’s Costs Review working party) will speak about the CJC’s report and its recommendations, as well as his reflections on the current state of litigation and the civil justice system.

Change can always give rise to opportunity, so our keynote speaker will be followed by a panel discussion looking at how law firms and their litigation departments are responding to change. We are pleased to announce our panel of experts:

  • Paul Worth, Global Co-Head of Litigation, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Belinda Hollway, Head of London Office, Scott + Scott
  • Edward Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Solomonic
  • Mark King, Senior Director of Legal Finance, Harbour


The panellists will discuss:

  • What creative things law firms can do to mitigate rising costs and a potential downturn in fee income from transactional work;
  • How firms are preparing for the future landscape of litigation;
  • The benefits of greater use of CFAs, DBAs, and other billing arrangements and how to mitigate the risks;
  • The potential impact of generative AI, greater use of data analysis, and efficiency through digitisation.

We hope you will be able to join our audience of managing partners, heads of disputes, litigation partners, CEOs and CFOs.

Date: Wednesday October 11th

Time: 6:00pm registration for a 6:30pm start


Location: The Lecture Theatre, Inner Temple: map


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