Law Reform Committee

 

First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Guidance for Users During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The FTT is publishing guidance for users during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Both the Southern and London office are now closed and although the other three centres in Cambridge, Birmingham and Manchester are still open, they are working with reduced capacity.  Parties are asked only to correspond with the Tribunal if absolutely necessary.  If offices are […]

26th Mar 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

Courting disaster: EG article on the County Court users survey by Mathew Ditchburn

In 2015 the PLA surveyed its members on their experience of using the County Court. The results supported anecdotal evidence about how bad court administration had become, with 88% considering that it was not fit for purpose and 91% saying clients had expressed concerns about litigating in the County Court at all. Five years later, […]

24th Feb 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

County Court System Urgently Needs Fixing Says PLA

County Court System Urgently Needs Fixing Says PLA The PLA surveyed its members on whether any improvements had been made to service standards by HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service) since the PLA’s last court users’ feedback report in 2015. A resounding 93.4% of respondents to the survey considered that the County Court system […]

24th Jan 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases – Response to consultation from the Property Litigation Association

Following the voluntary Capped Costs Pilot which commenced in certain Business and Property Courts on 14 January 2019, earlier this year MOJ  launched a consultation in relation to extending the use of Fixed Recoverable Cases (FRC) in Civil Cases. This follows recommendations made in Sir Rupert Jackson’s Supplemental Report on FRCs in July 2017.  The consultation sought interested parties’ views […]

13th Sep 2019 Consultations Read more

EG Podcast: PLA response on leasehold reform

Two members of the Property Litigation Association’s law reform committee – Thekla Fellas, partner at Eversheds Sutherland, and Emily Wood, partner at DMH Stallard, outline the PLA’s comprehensive responses to the Law Commission’s leasehold reform project. Fellas and Wood discuss each of the three consultations that comprise the project: leasehold enfranchisement; the right to manage; […]

16th Jun 2019 Consultations Read more

PLA Law Reform Committee – Request for members feedback: Consultation on Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases

Following the voluntary Capped Costs Pilot which commenced in certain Business and Property Courts on 14 January 2019, MOJ has launched a consultation in relation to extending the use of Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) in Civil Cases. This follows recommendations made in Sir Rupert Jackson’s Supplemental Report on FRCs in July 2017. The consultation is […]

17th May 2019 Consultations Read more

Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims – feedback request

Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims The Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims came into force on 1 October 2017 and we would like to review how this is working in practice.  Could you let us have your experiences, good or bad, of using this new protocol?  It would be helpful to have specific cases to discuss […]

27th Apr 2019 Law Reform Committee Read more

Central London Chancery Users Group 16 May 2019

Central London Chancery Users Group There is a Chancery Users Group meeting on 16 May 2019 and we would like to hear from members about their recent experiences of the Chancery List at Central London and also Central London Court Court more generally.  The purpose of this meeting is to feed back to the judiciary […]

27th Apr 2019 Law Reform Committee Read more

Capped Costs Pilot: PD 51W – feedback request

PLA Law Reform Committee are requesting members feedback on Capped Costs Pilot: PD 51W A voluntary Capped Costs Pilot commenced in certain Business and Property Courts on 14 January 2019 and will run for 2 years.  It concerns cases valued up to £250,000.  The Pilot will be evaluated to assess whether there is demand for such a scheme […]

27th Apr 2019 Law Reform Committee Read more