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Lord Justice Jackson wins award

By on Dec 21, 2010 | 1 comment

Lord Justice Jackson has won a Golden Bull award from the Plain English Campaign for one of the year’s “best” examples of gobbledygook. 

This was from an excerpt from his Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report on page 184.

“Personal injuries litigation is the paradigm instance of litigation in which the parties are in an asymmetric relationship, as discussed in chapter 9 above.”

The Plain English Campaign suggested that perhaps Lord Jackson could have said:

“Personal injuries cases are the examples of court cases between different parties.”

As Solicitors Journal pointed out: “Sadly this appears to make no sense”.

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  1. Slightly off topic, have you ever considered having a forum on this website? I think it would be useful.

    I had this email from an ATE provider the other day, I am interested to know your thoughts:-

    As you are most probably aware IPT increases to 6% on 4th January 2011. Please note that all policies issued from 4th January 2011 will be issued at the higher rate.

    In relation to premium recovery and payment the cash receipt method has to be used by Insurers as a result of the premium’s being deferred on After the Event policies. This means that the tax point is the date payment of the premium is made and therefore the IPT rate is the rate in force on the date the payment is made.

    Please ensure that any premiums collected on or after the 4th January 2011 are at the rate of 6% of the premium payable.

    On cases where costs have been agreed but are yet to be paid please ensure that the defendants are made aware of the required increase if they do not pay the premium prior to 4th January 2011.

    Cost Muppet

    21st December 2010

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