Sir Rupert JacksonOn Monday 28 January 2013 judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the Sylvia Henry v News Group Newspapers Limited ([2013] EWCA Civ 19).  Almost immediately there were the predictable howls of anguish from the insurance industry, followed by attention grabbing headlines such as “Jackson reforms ‘undermined’ by landmark costs ruling” declaring the Jackson reforms dead and buried before they had begun. This could not be further from the truth.  This judgment is fact-dependent.  It concerns the implementation of CPR PD51D “The Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Pilot Scheme”, which was the pre-cursor for new additions to CPR 3 which will apply to all multi-track cases commenced on or after 1 April 2013.  Jackson is alive and well. Continue reading