News

The Jackson Reforms: how will the changes affect family cases?

  • April 03, 2013
  • By Hunters Law

The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013 (SI 2013/262), as recommended by Lord Justice Jackson (known as the ‘Jackson Reforms’) came into force on 1st April 2013 and bring about important changes to civil litigation in England and Wales.

These amendments impact upon areas of family law that are governed by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, rather than the Family Procedure Rules 2010. These areas include:

• Claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
• Claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
• Claims brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;
• Enforcement proceedings; and
• Rules on costs.

The key objective of the Jackson Reforms is stated to be to increase access to courts and reduce the cost of litigation. The main changes that will affect family cases commenced on or after 1st April 2013 include: an amendment to the overriding objective to take into account the proportionality of costs; stricter cost management procedures; an allowance for a tailored list of disclosure requirements; a limit on the material contained in factual evidence; and an increase in costs for defendants who do not accept a reasonable offer which is not bettered at trial.

A link to the Ministry of Justice website where the amendments can be read in full ishere. For more information on the Jackson Reforms and how they may impact upon family cases please contact a member of our Family or Dispute Resolution teams.

Related News

Nov 19, 2020
Jay Patel and Polly Atkins examine family law in the lead up to Brexit in Family Law Week
Nov 09, 2020
Richard Kershaw discusses trusts on divorce and their role in financial planning strategies
Nov 05, 2020
Hunters recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2021
Nov 03, 2020
Rebecca Christie discusses economic abuse and its role in divorce in WealthBriefing
Nov 02, 2020
Jay Patel discusses Brexit and family law: do you need to take action before 31 December?
Oct 16, 2020
Rebecca Christie examines economic abuse during divorce proceedings in Family Law Week
Sep 16, 2020
Hetty Gleave examines HNW clients and the impact of the pandemic on their financial settlements in ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client Magazine
Sep 08, 2020
Hunters shortlisted at the Family Law Awards 2020
Sep 02, 2020
Jay Patel examines the Court of Appeal’s ruling regarding Islamic marriage ceremonies under English and Welsh law in STEP Journal
Sep 01, 2020
Jay Patel discusses financial claims on the breakdown of cohabiting relationships

© Hunters Law LLP 2020 | Privacy NoticeLegal & Regulatory | Cookies Policy | Complaints Procedure.

Hunters Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (number 657218)