Despite the best intentions of the Woolf Reforms
over 10 years ago, commercial disputes continue to increase in number and still result in high cost and lengthy procedures.
LAST week marked the 10th anniversary of the Woolf reforms
, which introduced the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in an effort to make litigation fairer, more cost-effective and quicker.
The Woolf reforms
of procedure in the civil courts are mitigating the worst aspects of our adversarial system.
The Woolf Reforms
require documentation of training in Health and Safety.
The Woolf Reforms
, perhaps the biggest change to the English legal system this century, apply to all claims actions begun on or after April 26, 1999.
The civil search warrant is part of the Woolf reforms
which seek to make the legal process simpler, fairer and faster.
"Fundamental changes that are now taking place in court cases (known as the Woolf Reforms
) will be matched with more risk assess- based funding options such as agreements termed 'No win, no fee.
Grant Thornton suggests that, with litigation levels in freefall decline following the Woolf reforms
, investing in specialist areas such as regulation, IT and employment could go some way to countering the trend.
Since the so-called Woolf reforms
, the courts too recognise the value of ADR, now taking an active role in promoting ADR.
The trend towards greater mediation in UK legal cases following the Woolf Reforms
may explain the fact that UK companies (23 per cent of those surveyed) are much more likely than US compa nies (13 per cent) to settle matters before court pro ceedings begin.
'The new protocol is based on the Woolf Reforms
which are designed to help parties in dispute reach a quick settlement and avoid costly litigation.
Evidence suggests civil litigation has improved in the last 12 months since the Woolf reforms
, say law firm Eversheds.