Legal Business

In the game – will new rules on success fees see litigators take a gamble?

Three years after the Jackson review, reforms to litigation costs have finally arrived. But one change in particular, damages-based agreements, has polarised disputes lawyers. Can contingency fees work in mainstream commercial litigation?

When Lord Justice Jackson completed his year-long review of costs in civil litigation in January 2010 he proposed, in his words, ‘a coherent package of interlocking reforms, designed to control costs and promote access to justice’.