Costs budgeting training needed, says Lord Dyson

10 June 2015

Harbour Litigation Funding noted with interest Lord Dyson’s suggestion that lawyers may require more training to get to grips with the new regime of costs management during a speech in Jersey.

This should not be controversial, nor seen as unduly critical. In his Harbour Lecture last month, Lord Dyson agreed with Lord Justice Jackson that there was also a problem of judicial inconsistency, to which the solution was further judicial training. He also commented that “Judges and practitioners are becoming more familiar with the process of cost budgeting and are getting better at it.”

Rocco Pirozzolo, Director of Funding at Harbour, said: “While many participants in costs management are engaging in that process in good faith, it is also fair to say that there is considerable scope for development of and adherence to best practice on all sides, in order to provide court users with as much predictability as is practically possible.”

Click here to read Lord Dyson’s full speech.

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