The disclosure of evidence in England and Wales is increasingly seen as problematic, both by clients and lawyers for both claimants and defendants, particularly in commercial claims. Proposals for reform deserve serious consideration.
A seminar on reforms to the system of disclosure of civil evidence, in early January, may not seem the most propitious event to mark the beginning of a new year. Yet appearances can be deceiving.
The collapse of the construction group Carillion is a tragedy — but it is also emblematic of the state of the nation’s public and private sectors (given that Carillion straddled both). Short-termism, big talk but modest achievements, and pensioners left in the lurch.