Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme - Report and recommendations by Associate Professor Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed of Leicester Law School was appointed by the Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme Working Party to review, evaluate and make recommendations on a novel Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure for professional negligence disputes.
Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme - Report and recommendations by Associate Professor Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed

Masood’s report was welcomed and approved by the Working Party, the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Coulson (Deputy Head of Civil Justice). The majority of recommendations were accepted and are being implemented. In particular, Masood is currently working with members of the Working Party to implement his recommendations regarding conflicts of interest of adjudicators and clarifying the issue of the parties' ADR obligations within the civil justice system and the issue of compulsion.

The Scheme is now part of the Professional Negligence Pre-action Protocol, a series of steps to be taken by a somebody wishing to bring a claim to court. These simple steps ensure that all are aware of the problem in dispute and what has happened according to each party. Failure to follow the protocols without a strong reason may lead to the defaulting party being penalised in costs.

The Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme Working Party consisted of Mrs Justice Carr, Mr Justice Fraser, the Ministry of Justice, the Association of British Insurers, the Professional Negligence Bar Association; and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme Working Party scheme documents

Associate Professor Masood Ahmed

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