Delays branded ‘disappointing’ by FOIL

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has delayed implementing its planned ‘no win, no fee’ reforms by six months, from October 2012 to April 2013.

The reforms were included in part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which includes Lord Jackson’s recommendations on ‘no win, no fee’ cases.

The MoJ has put back its planned start date to give it more time to prepare for the changes.

Forum of Insurance Lawyers president Don Clarke said the delay was disappointing.

“However, a six-month delay is preferable to a piecemeal implementation that fails to deliver the key elements of Jackson as an interlocking package,” Clarke said.