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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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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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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…

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…

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…

Court of Protection Costs : 4 FAQs Answered

Q: As a Solicitor Deputy, in relation to Court of Protection costs, am I subject to recovering fixed costs for the work that I do annually in managing my protected client’s (P’s) affairs? A: No and Yes! Pursuant to Practice Direction 19B(9), the annual (fixed) management fee for dealing with property and affairs, Read the full article…