The statement of truth to be used in verifying a costs budget is to be changed, the latest update to the Civil Procedure Rules has revealed – but there is no word as yet about whether the level at which the costs management exemption kicks in will be increased.
The senior judiciary has dismantled the government’s proposals to raise court fees, questioning the underlying policy, highlighting the “clearly inadequate” evidence and warning that introducing enhanced fees in commercial cases is “unworkable”.
The Ministry of Justice’s proposals to increase court fees for litigants above cost price have been roundly condemned once again, with the Law Society and commercial barristers adding their voices to what has become a chorus of disapproval.
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In the space of two years, the government has introduced legislation to permit lawyers to act under DBAs, but has then decided to restrict competition lawyers from doing so on collective actions – which, due to factors such as the likely size and variety of the claimant groups, would have been some of the most suitable cases for alternative funding arrangements. Oliver Gaynor of Burford questions the logic.