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Jaggards Costs Conference 2011 Review

Jaggards’ eighth annual conference was held on 10 June at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. The CPD accredited conference was hosted in partnership with Taylor Rose Law. This year, coming at the time of significant proposals for reform based on both the Jackson proposals and the government’s further consultations about disputes in the county courts, the conference was a much anticipated industry event and drew support and contributions from the ABI and FOIL.  Guest speakers included Jonathan Djanogly MP, the Justice Minister, and Lord Justice Jackson himself.

The event was well attended by key industry figures.  Adrian Jaggard, Managing Director of Jaggards and Partner in Taylor Rose Law opened the day and welcomed the guests, moving swiftly on to the first keynote speaker, Lord Justice Jackson.  Sir Rupert ran through his work to date and gave some insight into his vision and the proposals for the way forward.

After breakfast, the focus of the day was on the law of costs with four speakers on that area:  Robert Carter, Senior Partner of Taylor Rose Law, Roger Mallalieu of Four New Square, Master Haworth, Costs Judge of the SCCO, and Matthew Hoe, Legal Director of Jaggards. The topics covered the impact of the Jackson reforms on practitioners and the courts, the recent legal developments in the field of costs, and the likely key issues if the reforms are completed.

In the run up to lunch, Stephen Hines, partner in Taylor Rose Law, updated the delegates on the impact of the MOJ RTA Process, and David Cooper, fellow partner in Taylor Rose Law, gave some insight into the claimant perspective.  Rocco Pirozollo, chair of the ABI ATE and BTE Committee laid out the stark realities of the expectations regarding the way that the BTE market may react to the reforms.

The afternoon session took a political turn with addresses from the President of FOIL, David Southwell of Zurich Insurance and Adrian Jaggard, with the afternoon culminating in the address from the Justice Minister on the government’s approach to reform.  Warm reception and positive feedback from all delegates has been gratefully received and cements the position of the conference as an important event in the industry calendar. We would like to extend special thanks to all of the guest speakers whose time and contribution is gratefully received.

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