Civil justice reforms: Your guide to what this really means

New measures aimed at implementing the biggest civil litigation shake-up since the Woolf Reforms introduced the Civil Procedure Rules back in the 1990s took effect on 1 April 2013.

These measures, inspired by Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil legal costs, will have an impact on anyone conducting litigation - from small claims to multi-track, personal injury to professional indemnity and claimant to defendant. They are not just about costs law, but civil procedures across the board.

This paper studies the impact of civil justice reforms upon you and your business.

Topics covered:

- Technicalities overview.

- Employers' and public liability claims: Portal procedure overview.

- Road traffic accidents.

- Claims portal set-up.

- Funding and conducting litigation.

- Damages.

- Recovering costs.