Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation: A Comparative Study

Christopher  Hodges, Stefan Vogenauer and Magdalena Tubilacka have published the following article on SSRN:   Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation: A Comparative Study.

Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation: A Comparative Study

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1511714

Countries studied are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England and Wales, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA.  

The Appendices look very interesting

I. Questionnaire 49

II. Contributors to the Comparative Study 53

III. Ranges of Lawyers’ Hourly Rates 55

IV. Case Studies: Minimum costs risk for claimant 58

V. Summaries of amounts of Court Fees and Lawyers’ Fees 73

VI. Success and Contingency Fees 81

VII. Abbreviations 83

Report on UK Civil Litigation Costs

Yesterday’s Times of London reported on the release of the Preliminary Report on Civil Litigation Costs by Lord Justice Jackson.

The civil justice system has priced itself out of the reach of ordinary people; they face financial ruin if they venture into court and lose. That was the stark conclusion last week in the mammoth report on civil litigation from Lord Justice Jackson, the Court of Appeal judge — a conclusion perhaps predictable, if depressing.

Let’s be civil and stop ‘loser pays’ by Frances Gibb. TimesOnline. May 13, 2009

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article6281621.ece

Full-text of Lord Justice Jackson’s Preliminary Report available at http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about_judiciary/cost-review/preliminary-report.htm