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Extended QOCS plans rejected by government

9th February 2012

Justice minister Lord McNally has confirmed that plans proposed by Lord Justice Jackson to extend the soon-to-be adopted ‘qualified one-way costs-shifting’ (QOCS) system beyond personal injury claims have now been dropped.

An announcement was made after the government came to the conclusion that allowing QOCS to be taken advantage of by those wishing to pursue other kinds of litigation claims – such as professional negligence – may lead to an overabundance of trivial cases clogging up the civil courts.

The initiative, which forms a less publicised part of the controversial Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO) is expected to come into force with the rest of the legislation in April next year.

The move has been welcomed by leading figures within legal recruitment and the law sector as a whole, many of whom held the opinion that an extension of qualified one-way costs-shifting would have unfairly discriminated against defendants.