The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has launched a consultation on a new pre-action protocol for debt claims, following complaints from creditors that there has not been one up until this late stage in drafting.
The High Court is at odds over the relationship between budgeting and indemnity costs, after one judge expressly disagreed with the view of another that the costs management order should also be the starting point for an assessment of indemnity costs.
The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a litigant in person who sued her solicitors for negligence and whose claim included the grounds that she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.
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Before filing the latest guideline rates away as non-news, however, I think it is worth considering Lord Dyson’s following comment: “There should be greater flexibility (for judges determining appropriate rates) in detailed assessments than would ordinarily be shown in summary assessments.”