Justice reforms good for business, says minister

Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has highlighted how the government is helping businesses to “get on with the job” by reforming the justice system.

Mr Djanogly met representatives of leading businesses on 9 May to launch Justice for Business: Supporting Business and Promoting Growth, a new paper outlining the government’s work to make the justice system more effective and less costly for businesses.

He said: “Economic growth can only be achieved if businesses are free to trade and prosper and the justice system can help them to achieve that.

“By delivering lower legal costs, regulation that encourages investment and court processes which are faster, simpler and cheaper, the government is overhauling the justice system so that business can get on with the job rather than getting bogged down in unnecessary litigation.” The ongoing reform programme includes:

  • helping business and consumers resolve disputes more quickly and more amicably through increased use of non-legal routes to resolve disputes, such as mediation
  • reforming legal costs in ‘no win no fee’ cases so that businesses can operate with a reduced threat of being sued or being forced to settle through fear of high legal fees
  • consulting on introducing fees for employment tribunals to encourage potential users of the system to consider whether a tribunal provides the best way to resolve their dispute
  • improving enforcement to give courts stiffer powers to ensure that businesses receive money they are owed.

Link: Justice for Business report