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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…

Herbert v HH Law Ltd Risk Assessment on success fees

Herbert v HH Law Limited and the Case for Providing a Well-Reasoned Risk Assessment

Judgement in the case of Herbert v HH Law given by Mr Justice Hoole in the Sheffield District Registry of the High Court on the 21st March this year. It upheld the earlier decisions of District Judge Bellamy. On the one hand, it was a newsworthy judgement because it was 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…

Springer v University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Springer V University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

No Notification of Funding Arrangement – No Relief from Sanctions! The last few weeks of this month have seen a proliferation of important costs judgements. Over the coming days we will look in more detail at some of these, starting with Springer v University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 2018 (EWCA) Civ 436 a 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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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…

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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…

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…