Could future civil disputes be settled online? Director of policy and government affairs Alistair Kinley has examined this issue in BLM’s legal update in Post.
“In his first speech as Lord Chancellor in June, Michael Gove MP appeared to be seeking to build bridges with the legal profession following cuts implemented by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP via the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Relationships between the ministry and stakeholders may be warmer, but it is still clear this government remains committed to further significant change for civil disputes.
"In mid-July, Gove told MPs that making sure courts work more efficiently was among his top priorities, along with Human Rights Act reform. Measures likely to be taken by the end of this parliament – 2020 – include: closing some court facilities in England and Wales; increasing fees for starting claims in court and for making applications; implementing recommendations for HM Online Court; and extending fixed legal costs to areas such as clinical negligence and industrial deafness.”
You can read Alistair’s article in full on Post’s website
Alistair will also be discussing the issue at The Claims Event, you can find out more about this here.