If the Government's plans for fixed costs are implemented, it will be a sad day for "access to justice."
Bourns added: 'The introduction of fixed recoverable costs for further civil work has been expected for some time and the Law Society agrees that fixed costs set at the right level could be appropriate in low-value claims, as they can provide greater certainty for both sides in litigation and they avoid protracted disputes about the level of costs. 'They can also reduce the problems caused by costs budgeting and assessment in civil litigation. 'Extending fixed costs to as many civil cases as possible, regardless of complexity and value, could lead to many cases being economically unviable to pursue, which undermines the principle of justice delivering fairness for all.' The Law Society said it will be responding 'robustly' to the measures proposed in the consultation, which span both the criminal and civil jurisdictions.