Review recommendations are 'very attractive', says Clarke

Kenneth Clarke has thrown his weight behind the push to implement the Jackson Review.

The Lord Chancellor said this week that existing no-win no-fee arrangements had led to “a huge increase in costs”.

“We should not have a situation where, regardless of how fraudulent a claim, the sensible thing for a defendant to do is to settle because of cost,” he said.

“Sir Rupert Jackson has come up with some good recommendations which I find, and the government finds, very attractive.”

Signalling his support for contingency fees, he said: “They will involve perhaps moving toward the US system whereby some of the costs are recovered out of the damages which are awarded.”

The government promised in July that it would consult during the autumn on elements of the Jackson Review.