It is good news that Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury is to be the new Master of the Rolls from 1 October (see the Times story here). The Master of the Rolls is the Head of Civil Justice and therefore the one who will be in charge of implementing the litigation costs recommendations to be made by Lord Justice Jackson at the end of this year.
His past roles include a stint as Judge in Charge of Modernisation which is a useful piece of background to bring to a civil justice system which desperately needs bringing up to date, both in its own systems and in the attitudes which the judiciary bring to court and should expect of parties.
I sat next to him at a Judicial Studies Board meeting last year when HHJ Simon Brown QC and I went with Mike Brown of Epiq Systems to talk about electronic disclosure and to show what modern litigation support systems were capable of doing. It would fair to say that not everyone in the audience got the point. Lord Neuberger certainly did.