Written Ministerial Statement made by Lord Faulks QC, Minister of State for Civil Justice (Lords Minister).
The Government has made a priority of addressing the high costs of civil litigation in England and Wales.
To that end, Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 reforms the operation of no win no fee conditional fee agreements. Those reforms came into effect generally in April 2013 but were delayed in respect of insolvency proceedings
After further consideration the Government has decided that the no win no fee reforms should now be applied to insolvency proceedings. The provisions will come into force for these cases in April 2016.
It has already been announced that there will be a Post Implementation Review of the LASPO Act Part 2 reforms between April 2016 and April 2018. The review will take place towards the end of that period. The review under s. 48 of the Act in relation to mesothelioma cases will also take place as part of the Post Implementation Review.