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Regional costs judge applies fixed costs to RTA claim that settled for £350k

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A road traffic claim that settled pre-issue for £350,000 was subject to fixed recoverable costs because it began in the portal, even though it was later removed because of its value, a regional costs judge has ruled. It has been described as a consequence of the rule change that followed the Qader decision.

December 14th, 2017

Asbestos documents must be disclosed to pressure group, High Court rules

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A huge collection of documents, including “those relating to the history and development of knowledge in the 20th Century about the risks of asbestos”, must be disclosed to the public, the High Court has ruled. It said a man who made the application on behalf of an asbestos victims’ support group had a “legitimate interest” in the documents.

December 13th, 2017

Costs lawyers urge government to limit fixed costs to fast-track only

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The government should curb Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation to expand the use of fixed recoverable costs, limiting them only to the fast-track, according to a survey of costs lawyers. It also found that solicitors are at risk of significant financial losses by not updating their budgets.

December 12th, 2017

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All I want for Christmas is…

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This is my valedictory blog for 2017. I am grateful to my loyal reader for enduring the polluted flushings of my diseased mind over the past six months. It has been fun to write and I hope that I have given the reader an insight into the world of a litigation flaneur. Before I bid you happy holidays, I would like to share with you my two wishes for Christmas. For the avoidance of doubt, these relate to litigation finance and not my personal desires, which include a solid gold house, rocket shoes and the power to become invisible at will.

December 12th, 2017

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