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High Court approves increase to defendants’ £1.8m costs budget

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The High Court has approved an increase to defendants’ costs budget against the opposition of the claimants, a rare reported example of an application for variation. Since the introduction of costs management, judges have complained about the lack of such applications.

August 17th, 2017

Defendants granted relief from sanctions after solicitors’ IT problems lead to late costs budget

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Defendants who filed their costs budget 10 days late because of problems with their solicitors’ IT system have been granted relief from sanctions after the High Court ruled that decisions at the case management conference would have required them to revise their budget anyway.

August 16th, 2017

Master calls on rules committee to solve riddle of the costs of budgeting

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A High Court Master has called on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee to resolve the “tension” between the need to “spell out in the eventual bill” the costs of costs budgeting and to include them in Precedent H. Master Victoria McCloud said the committee should consider amending the guidance to Precedent H.

August 16th, 2017

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Third-party funders – access to justice warriors?

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Comments on UNISON’s landmark victory against the government in respect of employment tribunal fees got me thinking about the whole ‘access to justice’ argument and the role that third-party funders play. I have sat in lots of meetings over the years where funders, some even with a straight face, claim that access to justice is a cornerstone of their business. That is a statement of almost North Korean bogusness. Funders who trot out the access to justice argument are guilty of conflating the by-product of their business with the

August 17th, 2017

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