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Scott O`rourke Joins Goodwin Malatesta And Kevin Thurley Retires

26 April 2019   April has seen two major changes to the Goodwin Malatesta team, with Scott O’Rourke joining us from Kain-Knight and Kevin Thurley’s retirement. We are very proud to welcome Scott to our team and he brings many years of legal costs experience including 12 years at Kain-Knight and 13 years at Masters before that. Scott is an excellent addition to our team and he will focus largely on t .....continue reading

Anthony James Joins To Strengthen Legal Aid Costs Team

25 October 2018   We are proud to welcome Anthony James to the Goodwin Malatesta team. Anthony brings many years of legal costs experience including 20 years at the Legal Aid Board and he will be focusing on the lodging of claims within CCMS, the preparation of bills of costs, points of dispute and High Costs case claims, as well as applying his unrivalled Legal Aid knowledge to enhance the services we provide our .....continue reading

Publication Of The Summary Of Responses To The Consultation On Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs In Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims

15 February 2018   The Department of Health & Social Care has published its Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims.  In the conclusion the Secretary of State for Health accepts the proposal to set up a working group to develop a bespoke process for clinical negligence claims initially valued up to £25,000 and .....continue reading

How To Revise A Costs Budget – Chief Master Marsh’s Guidance In Sharp V Blank

30 January 2018   Since the introduction of costs management in April 2013 we have observed the rules and practice directions evolve and change, however one issue has continued to remain unclear. How should you revise an approved/agreed costs budget?  In particular how are incurred costs treated? Chief Master Marsh’s judgment in Sharp v Blank [2017] EWHC 3390 (Ch) addresses this issue in great detail an .....continue reading

Assessing Proportionality After May V Wavell

25 January 2018   There was much hope that the appeal of Master Rowley’s decision in Dr Brian May and Anita May v Wavell Group Limited and Dr Farid Bizzari [2016] would result in clear guidance, albeit not binding, on how the courts  should now assess proportionality.  Certainly questions had been asked about access to justice when a bill of costs for over £208,000 was reduced to £35,000 .....continue reading

Capped/fixed Costs Pilot Scheme

05 January 2018   Proposals have been put forward for a capped costs and fixed costs pilot scheme for claims up to a value of £250,000. Details of the scheme are contained in the recently published CPRC minutes. The scheme is also intending to consider which of costs capping, costs budgeting or fixed costs is the best method for controlling costs overall.  Entry to the pilot will be voluntary and both sides will .....continue reading

2018 - The Year Of The E-Bill Of Costs!

05 January 2018   The new electronic bill will become compulsory from April 2018 in certain cases. The minutes published from the CPRC Committee confirm that the ultimate intention is that the compulsory pilot will be extended to all courts, but for the time being will be limited to the SCCO. The limited roll-out is due in part to issues identified, namely that although the SCCO is confident that they have the IT .....continue reading

The Budgeting Saga Continues – Now For Hourly Rates!

05 January 2018   Another issue has arisen as to what amounts to good reason to depart from an approved costs budget with currently conflicting decisions. This time it is whether the alteration of hourly rates on detailed assessment is good reason for depart from an approved costs budget. One of the conflicting decisions is from Deputy Master Campbell (RNB v London Borough of Newham [2017] EWHC B15 (Costs)) and th .....continue reading



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