solicitor with CPR 3.14 sanctions

CPR 3.14 – Court Fees Only? Some Practical Tips (We Hope You Don’t Have To Use!)

The case law outlining the importance of filing costs budgets on time is well known with the decision in the matter of Lakhani v Mahmud (2017) EHWC 173 being the latest to confirm the difficulty of being successful on an application for relief from sanctions. If either party does fail to file Read the full article…

Challenging a Solicitors Bill – Swain v JC & A Solicitors

The Claimant was challenging a solicitors bill from a previous firm of solicitors retained by him Judgement was given on the 31st January 2018. Master Brown at the SCCO, in Swain v JC & A Solicitors, provided some good news for those seeking to raise challenges on their solicitor and Read the full article…

ALT="law courts"

Sharp v Blank : Revising Costs Budgets : Significant Developments

The recent decision on revising costs budgets handed down by Chief Master Marsh in this large and complex HBOS acquisition litigation is a must read for costs practitioners. Although it is of a rather daunting length, the judgement which runs to almost 28 pages over 94 paragraphs is eminently readable, which Read the full article…

Are You Ready For the new electronic bill of costs

The New Electronic Bill of Costs is Coming – Are You Ready?

The new electronic bill of costs will be mandatory from 6th April 2018. As a solicitor, you may be well prepared. Alternatively you may not be prepared at all. What is for certain, this is a new era for solicitors and cost experts, alike that cannot be left until the last Read the full article…

'Top Tips' written in different coloured chalk on a blackboard to highlight the top legal costs experts tips

12 Top Tips From Our Legal Costs Experts

We asked some of our team of legal costs experts to provide their top costs tips and as a result we have 12 to share. We hope that among them, there will be at least one or two that you take away and put to good use in the future. So Read the full article…

Protected Party Clients : Recovering a Success Fee

In this article we attempt to set out some advice for solicitors representing Litigation Friends, when attempting to recover a success fee from a Protected Party following the successful conclusion of litigation. It is CPR 21 that provides the conditions to be met. Control of money recovered by or on Read the full article…

Costs Budgets – An Update on the Latest Cases

  Introduced in April 2013 as part of the Jackson reforms, Costs Budgets and Costs Budgeting are an important part of the new regime whereby the parties’ costs are actively managed by the court from an early stage to ensure the costs of the case are proportionate. Budgeting only applies to prospective costs.  Whilst the Read the full article…

Harrison-v-University-Hospitals-Coventry-Warwickshire-NHS-Trust

Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust On 21st June 2017, the highly-anticipated Court of Appeal decision of Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 792, was handed down. It confirmed the decision in Merrix v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust [2017] 346 (QB).  In Read the full article…

The Cost of Change – New Electronic Bill of Costs to be Delayed

IT hold ups will mean the introduction of the New Electronic Bill of Costs will now be delayed until April 2018. Initially, the bill was due to come into play in October 2017.  The Civil Procedure Rules Committee stated the delay was due to the need to ensure the IT Read the full article…

Jackson Pilot Scheme To Cap Litigation Costs At £80K

  On 28th January 2016, Lord Justice Jackson dropped a bombshell on the legal community.  In a speech to the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association in January 2016, he revealed his recommendations to extend fixed costs to all civil claims, including personal injury cases up to a value of £250,000, irrespective of complexity. Read the full article…