Lord Justice Jackson has issued a plea for the government to stop relying on litigants to meet the costs of the justice system.In his new book, launched last night, Jackson says it was inappropriate for judges to campaign on the issue – but stresses there is an ‘important point of principle’ at stake.Jackson’s review of civil justice was largely enacted through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act in 2013. Since then, however, the government has introduced a series of fee increases which campaigners fear is pricing people out of the courts.In the book, The Reform of Civil Litigation (Thomson Reuters, £79) Jackson says the civil courts play a vital role in maintaining social order and in the proper functioning of the economy. But he adds that it would be wrong ‘for the entire cost or most of the cost of the civil justice system’ to be shifted from taxpayers to litigants.The book addresses many of the controversies that have arisen from his eponymous report, which recommended the abolition of recoverability of success fees and ATE insurance, as well as greater use of fixed recoverable costs for civil cases.The judge spoke earlier this year about the need to expand fixed costs beyond personal injury, and the government last week started consulting on how to implement such a change.Jackson added: ‘As a serving judge I have written the book in order to promote a proper understanding of the reforms and better litigation practice.‘I also hope the book can help encourage the proper implementation of those recommendations for reform which are as yet unimplemented or only partly implemented.’Lord Justice Jackson will be speaking at the Law Society’s Commercial litigation conference on 10 October 2016. Find out more and register for the event.
Soccer BY RIODAN BEGUSHAR Panamex Pacific has come on board as the naming rights sponsor of the PNG national side to the Oceania Football Confederation Under-19 Championships 2018 in Tahiti starting on August 5. Panamex Pacific marketing coordinator Simontha Hani yesterday presented some merchandise to the players and officials at the PNG Football Association Academy at 11-Mile outside Lae, Morobe province. He said the company is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the U-19 squad through its product brand Boneeto. Hani said that catering for sponsorship today was hard given the tough economic times the country was currently experiencing but Panamex had come on board to ensure the young boys excel in soccer. “We want to see professional soccer players in the near future who will be in the World Cup, this is our aim for coming on board as a sponsor,” he said. Hani challenged the players to focus on the objective when they attend the championships and refrain from playing crowds and other concentrate of the job ahead. He also said sponsors would not tolerate the players’ bad behavior and attitude such as smoking and chewing that could jeopardise the relationship with the PNGFA and the company. “The sponsor wants players with the right attitude, players who are committed to the sport that is recognised worldwide,” he said. Boneeto PNG U-19 team manager Besi Simongi said the players were awaiting Polio tests and immunisation tests and when that is cleared they will leave the country. “Hopefully by the need of this week we will live for Tahiti,” Simongi said. With the inclusion of four new players this year, he said they are progressing well.
Duro IkhazuagbeNigerian defender, Semi Ajayi will need to be at his best this afternoon when his club, West Bromwich Albion take on Odion Ighalo and his Manchester United teammates in two friendliest at Old Trafford.According to reports from Old Trafford, the aim of the friendly is to keep both teams ready for the restart of the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship suspended since early March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Semi Ajayi (left) and Odion Ighalo will be involved in a friendly battle this afternoon It is the first time both Nigerian players will be facing each other since Ighalo returned to the English topflight on loan in January.With the two games taking place at 1pm and 3pm respectively, West Brom’s first choice centre back Ajayi is expected to be handed a starting shirt by manager Slaven Bilic.This could be another chance for another Super Eagles player to join the Red Devils if Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds Ajayi irresistible.Solskjaer appears on the lookout for potential signings ahead of the opening of the transfer window, though defence is not a priority for the Norwegian football tactician as he has done enough in that department to shield David de Gea from harm in the new season.The last time Ajayi faced a Premier League team was back in January when West Brom were beaten 1-0 by West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Aside from that blip, the former Arsenal U23 captain is having another outstanding season for his club and has forced his way into the starting lineup of the Super Eagles.Ajayi with excellent aerial ability has tallied five goals in the Championship.Ighalo on the other hand is living out his dream, having secured extension till January ending at Old Trafford.It is another chance to prove to OGS why he deserves a starting shirt when Manchester United restart the 2019/20 season against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur next week Friday.The Shanghai Shenhua loanee was one of the most prolific United players before football was halted in England, with four goals scored in 318 minutes spread across eight matches, which equates to a goal every 79 minutes and 30 seconds.Earlier on Saturday, Ighalo scored a brace in a Manchester United 11-a-side training game at Old Trafford.Manchester United defender Luke Shaw revealed through the club’s official website on Wednesdaythat both teams shared the spoils in an eight-goal thriller and he got on the scoresheet twice.Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James got the other goals for Shaw’s team, while Ighalo and fit-again England striker Marcus Rashford scored two goals each for the opposition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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