Boundary disputes between neighbours are another area where some reform of procedure should be considered so as to reduce costs. Perhaps a mandatory requirement to refer the dispute to alternative dispute resolution such as binding arbitration. A very good article on these disputes may be read at "Loathe Thy Neighbour". In a recent case - Charalambous v Welding  EWCA Civ 1578 - the dispute was over a few feet of land worth about £5000 but the costs were almost £250,000. One judge has stated - " ... boundary disputes can be fought with a passion which seems out of all proportion to the importance of what is involved in practical terms."
Lord Justice Jackson's Review of Costs may be seen here.
The Daily Mail 18th May offer another example of this litigation madness.
Addendum 27th May 2010: Here is a link to Lord Lester's Defamation Bill. Some analysis of it - here.