Woolf reforms


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Woolf reforms

New legal Rules adopted by the British courts in 1999 which revolutionised the way civil claims are pursued, based on Rt Hon Lord Woolf’s review of the then-extant UK civil justice system, which he called too slow, too costly and too complex. Legislation was then introduced to revamp the rules of court and are now called the Civil Procedure Rules, which contain 2 schedules:
• Schedule 1 contains various High Court rules (the old Supreme Court rules re-enacted with modifications), and
• Schedule 2 (re-enacted County Court rules).
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Despite the best intentions of the Woolf Reforms over 10 years ago, commercial disputes continue to increase in number and still result in high cost and lengthy procedures.
LAST week marked the 10th anniversary of the Woolf reforms, which introduced the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in an effort to make litigation fairer, more cost-effective and quicker.
The Woolf Reforms, perhaps the biggest change to the English legal system this century, apply to all claims actions begun on or after April 26, 1999.
The civil search warrant is part of the Woolf reforms which seek to make the legal process simpler, fairer and faster.
Grant Thornton suggests that, with litigation levels in freefall decline following the Woolf reforms, investing in specialist areas such as regulation, IT and employment could go some way to countering the trend.
Since the so-called Woolf reforms, the courts too recognise the value of ADR, now taking an active role in promoting ADR.
The trend towards greater mediation in UK legal cases following the Woolf Reforms may explain the fact that UK companies (23 per cent of those surveyed) are much more likely than US compa nies (13 per cent) to settle matters before court pro ceedings begin.
The new protocol is based on the Woolf Reforms which are designed to help parties in dispute reach a quick settlement and avoid costly litigation.
Evidence suggests civil litigation has improved in the last 12 months since the Woolf reforms, say law firm Eversheds.
Litigation experts at Martineau Johnson have seen their caseload for company and institutional clients increase since the Woolf reforms were implemented last year, despite the fact that they are taking fewer cases to court.
Complaints about the efficacy and benefits of the Woolf reforms "are unfair, unfounded and unlikely to further the cause of creditors", according to Mr Stephen Lewis, president of the Credit Services Association, the body which represents the UK debt-collection industry.