Third Party Litigation Funding in Family Law Cases: Akhmedova v Akhmedov

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Abstract

Third-party litigation funding ( TPLF) is now a well-established form of litigation support in most kinds of civil litigation. One kind of litigation in which there has, perhaps, been some doubt as to the legitimacy of TPLF, has been in matrimonial and other family law cases. The recent decision of Knowles J in Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2020] EWHC 1526 (Fam) should be considered as settling whatever remaining doubts there were about the compatibility of TPLF with the ancient principles of maintenance and champerty in this area. So long as funders do not in any sense attempt to take over the running of the litigation themselves, leaving the major decisions to the parties and their legal advisers, the civil justice system will not be corrupted. The access to justice and equality of arms arguments in favour of TPLF in this area remain as compelling as ever.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalCivil Justice Quarterly
Volume40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2021

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