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Costs Budgeting Summary : Case Law 2017 to Date

It is now over five years since Costs Management procedures were introduced as a result of the Jackson reforms. Since then ‘proportionality’ ‘costs management’ and ‘costs budgeting’ have become terms of everyday usage for litigation solicitors, barristers and costs lawyers alike. In the years since 1st April 2013, a fair Read the full article…

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A Round Up of May’s Costs Cases

Case law involving legal costs issues, was pretty thin on the ground in May, certainly by comparison to the preceding few months. Nevertheless, there have still been some important decisions for us to look at. First up, we’ll start with a judgment that was actually handed down near the end Read the full article…

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Hourly Rates in Budgeted Costs: Where are we after RNB and Nash?

Does a reduction in hourly rates for incurred costs mean a reduction will of necessity follow for budgeted costs too at assessment? ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ seems to be the answer at the moment, as there have been decisions either way, all at first instance. In August last year Deputy Master Read the full article…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Changes to Costs Budgeting and Bills of Costs : April 2016 – At a Glance

The 83rd update to the Civil Procedure Rules, which came into force (in so far as most of the amendments are concerned) on the 6th April 2016, introduced some key changes that affect the Costs Management and Detailed Assessment Procedure. The changes are relevant to proceedings issued on or after Read the full article…