The High Court has accepted after-the-event (ATE) insurance cover of £5m as sufficient to dismiss an application for security for costs. Mr Justice Snowden described the ATE market as “substantial and mature” and that insurers did not have a commercial incentive to fight tooth and nail to avoid paying out because of the damage it would do to their reputation.
Newspaper group Mirror Group Newspapers has been hit with indemnity costs after the Senior Costs Judge ruled that it had unreasonably failed to engage in efforts to use alternative dispute resolution instead of going to detailed assessment.
A High Court master has rejected an application from a Leicestershire solicitor for trial of a preliminary issue in a costs claim involving another law firm, citing the “high degree of personal animosity between the parties”. The claim for unpaid agency fees had already resulted in two appeals at the SCCO.
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So, what are the implications of the decision of Master Leonard in Azim v Tradewise Limited  EWHC B20 (Costs). As reported recently on Litigation Futures, this was a routine low-value personal injury claim for damages caused by a minor road traffic accident in 2011. The claimant instructed three firms of solicitors under two pre-LASPO conditional fee agreements – the second of which was assigned from firm 2 to firm 3. Both provided for a 100% success fee.