After-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums are not part of the “costs of an appeal” to the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger has ruled. There needed to be an “agreement or specific statutory sanction” that it should be recoverable.
Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court, has said it is “more than disappointing” that over four years after government backing for the Jackson reforms “we still do not have fixed costs for all fast track cases”.
A claimant’s failure to update his budget in advance of an unplanned preliminary hearing has led a High Court judge to rule that “every assumption” would be made against him in assessing the costs.
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Just because your solicitors’ practice is still trading, you cannot assume you have survived LASPO. Only when the last of the old-world cases have washed through will we know for certain which personal injury (PI) solicitors have survived. I write that not to scaremonger but as a cautionary note, borne from personal experience here at Bott & Co. In early 2013 we established a seven-point plan to ensure we would be fit for purpose in the ‘new world’.