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High Court to hear appeal over decision to cut hourly rates in budget after doing same to incurred costs

Sam Hayman

The High Court is set to provide guidance on whether a costs judge who reduces the hourly rates for incurred costs should then do the same to budgeted costs. It follows conflicting lower court decisions, one of which – RNB v London Borough of Newham – is now being appealed.

September 19th, 2017

MPs given early chance to scrutinise discount rate reform legislation

David Lidington

The justice select committee has accepted an invitation by the Ministry of Justice to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft legislation to reform the discount rate. David Lidington, the Lord Chancellor, has asked that it complete the work by the end of November.

September 18th, 2017

High Court orders government to amend environmental costs cap rules

Rowan Smith

Three pressure groups have claimed victory in their High Court battle against the new costs regime for cases involving the environment. Mr Justice Dove ruled that the rule which allowed for default caps on legal costs to be varied at any point during the case, rather than remaining fixed throughout, must be amended.

September 15th, 2017


Further discount applied

Lesley Attu 3

Liz Truss sent the insurance industry into a tailspin a little over six months ago, when she announced a change to the rate from 2.5% to -0.75%. Share prices dropped, premiums were hiked and the insurers’ PR machines went into somewhat unseemly overdrive, demanding that the ‘crazy’ decision to ensure that people with catastrophic injuries should be adequately compensated, be urgently reviewed. It may not have come about quite as quickly as some would have liked, but the Ministry of Justice’s proposals for a new mechanism to set the discount rate seem designed to strike a compromise.

September 14th, 2017

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