Mon 18 January 2010, The Guardian

Judge's proposals on costs strike a blow for justice – and only the lawyers lose

By Marcel Berlins
I do not often get excited by ­reports and reviews emanating from within the legal world. Their ­authors are too often on the defensive, and careful not to do much damage to the status quo. It was therefore with delight that, at his press conference last week, I witnessed Lord Justice Rupert Jackson, a judge of the court of appeal, stride on to centre stage and, eschewing a microphone, deliver a clear, confident and unapologetic criticism of the present system of the costs of litigation – ­"disproportionate and excessive", he repeated – and an enthusiastic account of what he would do to put things right "in the interests of the public".
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