It is interesting to note the issues raised regarding fixed costs in this article. 

We need more professionals to raise awareness of these views regarding fixed costs and the potential consequences. As a legal profession we still have a great deal to learn about the practical consequences caused by the introduction of fixed costs. 

I completely agree that we need more media exposure and discussion generally around the practical day to day issues currently experienced by personal injury lawyers. 

Personal injury lawyers have been working within the fixed costs framework for some time. Their experiences should be used and shared to raise awareness amongst the legal profession and wider public that fixed fees are not the answer to improving access to justice. Indeed, in many instances it appears to prevent and restrict access. 

One of the justifications provided by Lord Jackson in support of his proposals to roll out fixed costs across all civil litigation claims was that this would increase access to justice, yet there are many practicing lawyers whose experience says otherwise.