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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…

Clarification at last for high value claims which start in the Portal.

The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 will be coming into force shortly and will be providing some much needed clarification for those high value claims which start in the portal. On the 6th April 2017 the new rules will give statutory force to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Qader Read the full article…

Where There’s A Will

Costs in personal injury claims where probate is involved can cause the unwary practitioner a variety of problems. We explain how practitioners can avoid giving themselves sleepless nights when dealing with such matters. When taking on a Personal Injury claim; or obtaining instructions from any new client, the mantra should Read the full article…

Defendants Late Acceptance of Part 36 Offer In Otherwise Fixed-Fee Case Prompts District Judge To Award Indemnity Costs

Another reminder, if any was needed, that late acceptance of a Part 36 offer can lead to severe costs consequences, was the message from two more recent District Judge decisions. Many Claimants will fondly remember the decision of the Court of Appeal in Broadhurst v. Tan [2016] EWCA Civ 94 Read the full article…

Sharp v Leeds City Council : Court of Appeal rules Pre-Action Disclosure Applications subject to Fixed Costs

In a decision handed down on the 1st February, the Court of Appeal ruled that Applications for Pre-Action Disclosure in cases which leave the portals, are still subject to fixed costs. Sharp v Leeds City Council [2017] EWCA Civ 33, a public liability claim, left the portal. The Claimant then Read the full article…

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Qader v Esure in the Court of Appeal : Fixed Costs or not Fixed Costs : The Right Result by Circuitous Means?

The Court of Appeal handed down judgement in the case of Qader & ors v Esure  Services Ltd & Ors (2016) EWCA Civ 1109 on the 16th November. The matters in hand consisted of joint appeals in cases which started out as portal/protocol claims, but which left the portal and Read the full article…

Legal Costs Experts Marinus Clement & Stuart Waters join R Costings

R Costings are delighted to announce that two hugely experienced costs experts, Marinus Clement and Stuart Waters (pictured), have recently joined the company. Marinus is a senior costs lawyer. He has 40 years experience working in the field of costs and is a highly experienced costs lawyer, with rights of audience and 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…

Are Costs Lawyers Set to be-Eligible-for Queen's Council Status

Are Costs Lawyers Set to be Eligible for Queen’s Counsel Status?

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has asserted that Costs Lawyers should be eligible for appointment as Queen’s Counsel (QC). QC status was traditionally reserved for barristers, rather than lawyers in general; that was, until 1995, when solicitors who had attained higher rights of audience were permitted to apply. The Read the full article…