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Lord Goodhart: My Lords, the principle behind this matter was extensively debated when we were considering the Access to Justice Bill. There is no point in considering that principle again today.

So far as concerns the success fee, I strongly take the view that it was appropriate to have a ceiling on it. It seems to me, for example, that when one is involved in commercial cases or shipping cases, one almost inevitably has clients who do not need to rely on conditional fee agreements in order to litigate. It would be very unfortunate if the use of conditional fee agreements was extended to cover those cases. I believe that a success fee limit should be retained.

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, I have nothing whatever to add to what the noble Lord has said.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

2 Mar 2000 : Column 755


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