My office is in the process of being redecorated and this seemed like a good opportunity to have a general clear out.
As part of this, I came across a couple of articles published in Litigation Funding magazine from February and April 2000.
These show the dangers of trying to make predictions about the future of litigation.
In one article, barrister Gordon Wignall was quoted as saying:
“There is no reason now why either clients or unsuccessful defendants should not challenge the validity of their opponents’ lawyers’ retainers. There are likely to be disputes over new-style funding arrangements for years to come.”
In the other article, solicitor Kerry Underwood was quoted as saying:
“Satellite litigation [over CFAs] won’t be a cottage industry it will be a palace industry. … Everyone who knows anything about this area knows how complicated it is. There isn’t a hope in hell of district judges arriving at reasoned decisions.”
19 years later, I bet they both feel pretty silly.