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Costs judge issues strong proportionality warning over need to plan cases

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A costs judge has emphasised the need for solicitors to plan their litigation so as to ensure that their costs are proportionate, after slashing a £72,000 bill for a low-value clinical negligence case by two-thirds. He also added to the confusion over whether additional liabilities should be included when undertaking the proportionality test.

February 22nd, 2017

Accident victims “forced into rehab by greedy lawyers”


There are suggestions that some accident victims are being “forced into rehab” by lawyers and claims management companies determined to “boost their own incomes”, an independent report has found.

February 22nd, 2017

Whole of split bill, less additional liabilities, subject to proportionality test, rules regional costs judge

Judicial Roundtable

A court faced with a bill of costs that straddles the Jackson reforms should consider both the pre and post April 2013 costs when deciding whether it is proportionate, but ignore any additional liabilities, a regional costs judge has ruled.

February 20th, 2017

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Getting to grips with proportionality and additional liabilities

Lee Coulthard John M Hayes

Before the Jackson reforms, the relationship between proportionality and additional liabilities was clearly defined. One of the key reforms was the introduction of a new proportionality test. Unfortunately, the new rules are silent as to the application of this test to additional liabilities. Unfortunately, the judges at the Senior Courts Costs Office are in disagreement as to the interplay between the new proportionality test and additional liabilities.

February 22nd, 2017

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