The runners and riders for the Ministry of Justice steeplechase that is the Jackson Implementation Working Committee have been announced.
True to form, there are some old hands mentioned and the expected organisations. Interesting though, it is chaired by Alistair Kinleyn of Berrymans Lace Mawer and formally of the ABI. So I wonder which side he will be on then? Slightly pro-defendant? Of course not. Perish the thought.
The other 17 are:
Coleman Tilley partner Janet Tilley
Managing partner of Coleman Tilley and responsible for the firm’s personal injury practice.
USDAW legal advisor John Usher
Trade union legal consultant and lecturer in labour law at Birkbeck College.
Legal Services Commission’s Former Head of Funding Colin Stutt
A barrister formerly head of funding at the Legal Services Commission (formerly the Legal Aid Board).
Hugh James partner Mark Harvey
Head of the firm’s claimant division.
4 New Square’s Nick Bacon QC
A costs specialist, took silk in 2010.
Bott & Co named partner David Bott
Head of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Keoghs partner Don Clarke
Vice president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.
Thompsons partner Judith Gledhill
Head of personal injury at leading trade union firm.
McGuireWoods partner Hardeep Nahal
International commercial litigator.
Hogan Lovells partner Graham Huntley
Partner dealing with disputes involving banks and other financial institutions.
Norfolk County Council principal risk officer Mandy Knowlton- Rayner
Knowlton will represent the views of local authorities.
Tesco lawyer Kay Majid
Currently senior counsel to Tesco, with a practice focused on litigation, intellectual property and data protection.
DAS general counsel Kathryn Mortimer
Mortimer was appointed in 2006 to help DAS’s transformation into an alternative business structure.
QBE European Operations underwriting manager Rocco Pirozzolo
Barrister Pirozzolo is the legal expenses underwriting manager at QBE.
Birmingham City Council lawyer Hilary Homfray
Aviva senior solicitor Howard Grand
In house solicitor for insurance giant.
AXA’s David Fisher
In house expert in catastrophic and injury claims at AXA Insurance
So there you have it. I make it an even spread between defendants and claimants provided Colin Stutt could be said to be more claimant orientated. Not sure about that one as he is involved in drawing up rules regarding Clinical Negligence and who can practice it – for the commission which is effectively the Government at arms length. We shall see which way he jumps.
Timescales are tight. The Ministry of Justice says the working party should complete their discussions and come up with draft rules by the end of September. I think this is doubtful but who knows – maybe they will all agree?!