Increase in NHS Claims and Costs

This month we see NHS claims, those brought against NHS Trusts and their staff for clinical or medical negligence, increasing 66% over the last four years.  The 2012/13 annual report of the NHS Litigation Authority also reveals that as a percentage of damages the total legal costs have risen from 45.9% to 54.9% over the same period.

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Centre for Justice awarded funding by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Centre for Justice (CfJ) is delighted to announce a grant of £80,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in support of CfJ’s mission to increase access to justice.  The grant will enable CfJ to increase its development and case work capacity, providing further scope to build partnerships with voluntary and public sector organisations and business to ensure that low cost, non adversarial dispute resolution options are available to all who need them and support those .

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Sure way for insurers to improve reputation and increase profits

CfJ Opinion:    

Like any other, the insurance industry is committed to improving margins and returns.  Of late, though, it has become increasingly concerned with reputational issues.  The more progressive and successful insurers realise there is a connection. 

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Low Commission

CfJ makes submissions to the Low Commission on the future of Advice and Legal Support and how to improve the systems of justice in England by looking at alternatives to court.

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Booking now: CPD Seminar: ‘ADR in Practice’

Join Centre for Justice and other lawyers at our 90 minutes breakfast seminar on 23 May on ADR techniques including mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, and expert determination. 

This CPD accredited course for solicitors, costing only £24, explains the growing need for effective alternatives to the courts.

For information and bookings contact or phone 020 7263 2553.

Law Centres Network issues guidance to branches on use of CfJ

The Director of the Law Centres Network gives national guidance to branches on the use of CfJ as an effective alternative to court. 

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Bulletin on Leveson and the proposed press arbitration scheme

In his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press, Lord Justice Leveson recommends an arbitration scheme for claims against the press.  This will be run by the new regulatory body he recommends in his report.   It will be cost free to the claimant and it will be inquisitorial. It is to be ‘fast, fair and inexpensive’.

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CfJ arbitration service achieves £240,000 cost saving for local authority

Litigation Futures 

The London Borough of Havering has saved an estimated £240,000 of costs and significantly reduced the time required to resolve three recent disputes, according to arbitrators, the Centre for Justice.

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CfJ appoints panel of silks

The Lawyer

Centre for Justice, an adjudication service for business, government and the public, has established a panel of silks for its insurer service users.

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