Our monthly summary of key costs-related court decisions is provided by CaseCheck takes in issues raised in appeals against costs orders, costs orders in employment tribunals, the Mitchell ruling and whether an unsuccessful claimant may recover costs against a third party who benefits from the final judgment.
The Mitchell ruling may have provided a “degree of certainty”, but practitioners still require “a lot more clarity” on costs budgeting and areas such as qualified one-way costs shifting, the new president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers has argued.
The government has responded to widespread pressure and scrapped plans to impose a insurance industry-devised mesothelioma pre-action protocol and the fixed recoverable costs regime that underpinned it.
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Around 4,000 people die each year in the UK due to asbestos related diseases, a truly horrendous ordeal for them and their families. Unfortunately things have just got even worse. A new HMRC policy has created an unnecessary legal hoop through which relatives of victims will now be required to jump when seeking justice for their deceased loved ones.