Karen Jackson Appointed as Part of Civil Justice Council Working Group
Roberts Jackson Solicitors CEO, Karen Jackson has been appointed as part of the Civil Justice Working Group to investigate the impact that fixed fees may have on noise induced hearing loss claims. Karen is one of many top solicitors, business owners and organisation leaders that have been tasked by the Ministry of Justice to report their findings as part of a collective group known as the Civil Justice Council Working Group.
The group is chaired by defendant solicitor Andrew Parker and David Marshall who is the former president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). In July the Working Group was asked to look at Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims as a whole but also to investigate what kind of impact fixed fees would have on these types of claims. The work conducted on the fees is to address the structure rather than the fee itself.
The task outlined by the MOJ is as follows:
“The group may outline more than one optional structure. The structure(s) will be informed by the proposals for improved handling under [the second limb of the work], which could include both pre‐ and post‐issue procedures and the way in which medical evidence is commissioned.”
It is envisaged that the working group will operate in two stages. First, having identified the concerns of both claimants and defendants and their lawyers over the conduct of NIHL claims, “it will discuss and agree broad ideas for handling cases that would help meet those concerns. It will also outline a possible overall structure (or structures) for a fixed costs system”.
Second, in the light of initial feedback from the Ministry of Justice, it will look in more detail at how these could be implemented.
“This work may include recommendations as to the level of fixed costs themselves or how they could be calculated.”
This is an exciting opportunity for Karen to make a great impact on the future of Noise Induced Hearing Loss cases and to discuss these issues with some of the most important figures in the UK Legal industry. The initial report is due to be submitted in November 2015 with a final report due by April 2016.
For more information or for a full list of Working Group members please follow the link below.