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Costs In The Court Of Protection

22 June 2017   Changes introduced in March 2016 are now starting to bite! In March 2016, the CoP introduced form OPG105 with the aim of controlling Deputies costs although the guidance to accompany the form was not published until months after the form came into use. The form operates in a similar way to a budget and ensures that costs are proportionate both to the issues and the estate. The form must be submi .....continue reading

The New Bill Of Costs

22 June 2017   The new bill of costs is due to become compulsory in October this year, but is it a simple question of which version? As the position currently stands, precedent AB is the bill that was prepared to match the J-codes and that is the bill currently being used in the pilot, although it appears that the pilot has yet to see many bills. However, that bill was universally disliked, so the ACL had anoth .....continue reading

An Introduction To Qualified One Way Costs Shifting – ‘qocs’

28 March 2013   Introduction 1st April 2013 will see many changes to how costs in civil litigation is managed and assessed and one of the most significant changes will be in personal injury cases where successful Defendants will only be able to recover costs in personal injury claims up to the aggregate damages and interest recovere .....continue reading

Recoverability Of Success Fees And Ate Insurance Premiums – Post 1 April 2013

15 March 2013   One of the most fundamental reforms to be implemented through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2013 (LASPO) is the abolishment of the recovery of success fees and ATE insurance premiums from losing parties by sections 44 and 46 of LASPO.  It is this reform that is central to Lord Justice Jackson’s vision of removing “unnecessary costs and to restore balanc .....continue reading

Proportionality - The End Of The Necessity Test

11 March 2013   Background     Since introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), the standard basis assessment of costs in civil litigation has required recoverable costs to be proportionate to the matters in issue as well as reasonably incurred and reasonable and proportionate in amount.   For years the Cour .....continue reading

Jackson Reforms - Counsels Success Fee Post 1 April 2013

06 March 2013   One of the anomalies raised by the Jackson reforms concerns the recovery of success fees for Counsel entering into CFAs after 1 April 2013, in cases where the solicitor has entered into a CFA with the client before the new rules are implemented.   The intention of the rules would seem to be for Counsel’s .....continue reading

Costs Budgeting Appeal - Henry V News Group Newspapers

30 January 2013   Since the Senior Costs Judge’s decision in Sylvia Henry v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 90218 (Costs) we have been eagerly awaiting for the Court of Appeal to determine whether there was a good reason in this case to depart from the Appellant’s approved budget.  In Henry, Senior Costs J .....continue reading

Andrew Cleave Passes Costs Lawyer Examination

29 November 2011

The partners offer their congratulations to Andrew Cleave who successfully passed the Association of Costs Lawyers examination and will now be enrolled as a Costs Lawyer.  We are proud to say that all our costs consultants are now either qualified Costs Lawyers or Solicitors which allows us to provide an unrivalled high standard of service.

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