Two's company, three's a crowd? Regulating third-party litigation funding, claimant protection in the tripartite contract, and the lens of theory

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The advent of third-party litigation funding ( TPLF ) is arguably one of the most significant developments in civil litigation in Australia for many decades. While third party-funded and indemnified defendants have appeared in common law courts for some centuries, the recent corresponding appearance of third party-funded and indemnified plaintiffs is in many ways a seismic shift in our civil litigation culture. Whether this has been a welcome and overdue move towards improved access to justice and protection of rights of ordinary citizens or a dangerous step towards the creation, multiplication and inflammation of otherwise sleeping controversies is a topic of considerable and sometimes fierce debate. Nevertheless, TPLF is here and spreading rapidly so that the burning question appears to be: what is to be done? The author s focus in this article therefore will be on the governance of the relationship between litigant, funder and lawyer, with some bias towards the protection of the litigant as the more vulnerable party of the three.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165 - 205
Number of pages41
JournalUniversity of New South Wales Law Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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