The High Court has acceded to Lord Justice Jackson’s request for a temporary break in costs budgeting for clinical negligence cases.

Lord Justice Jackson called in May for a one-off release of case management rules for all London clinical negligence cases with hearings listed for between October 2015 and January 2016. He called the nine-month waiting time for a first case management conference ‘unacceptable’ and risked undermining his reforms.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office said: ‘As a temporary measure, to clear a backlog of cases, the Queen’s Bench Masters responsible for the case management of clinical negligence cases are exercising this discretion in relation to cases listed before them between October 2015 and January 2016. This approach will be kept under review.’