Glossary of civil litigation acronyms etc

Posted on 9th Sep 2013 in Legal Profession

Like legal regulation, civil litigation is peppered with acronyms and abbreviations, which it can sometimes be hard to keep up with.To make life easier, they have all been set out in a glossary, below, to which we will link in future postings where relevant.

Acronym or Abbreviation
ADRAlternative Dispute Resolution
CFA Conditional Fee Agreement
DBADamages Based Agreement
LASPO Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which brought in the current raft of cuts in legal aid services.
LIP Litigant in person
LSS Litigation and Settlements Strategy (of HMRC)
PATAS Parking and Traffic Appeals Service, hears appeals from motorists against penalty charge notices etc.
PCN Penalty Charge Notice, usually for parking in the wrong place, driving in the Congestion Zone without paying, or some other fixed-penalty infringement.
PI Personal injury (in the context of claims for damages)
SME Small and Medium sized Enterprises