The Mitchell decision will be catastrophic for lawyers working in civil litigation – my firm will have to reassess its future.
The real issues from Mitchell are whether the sanction was proportionate and whether it is right for the court to adjudge that justice in the individual case should take second place to compliance with the rules.
James Parry has misunderstood what has been agreed between the Law Society and the Ministry of Justice, and has also misunderstood the relationship between the Society and its members.
It is nonsense to suggest that we should be content with the ‘best of a bad job’.
The recent How To article may have been helpful to law firm owners but it is likely to have been viewed with dismay by some solicitors.