On 26 March 2021, Sir Geoffrey Vos, master of the rolls (MR), gave a speech to the University of Hull. He explained how he saw the civil justice system developing in “the months and years to come”, with a focus on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and legal tech.

This article looks at his key points and assesses the chances of delivering his ambitious plans against the current thinking at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

Toward the end of his speech, there were two central points:

1.       “What I hope to achieve is to take the ‘alternative’ out of ADR” – This i...

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