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“Sums in issue” does not just mean damages awarded in proportionality test

Nigel Havers

The ‘sums in issue’ when considering the proportionality of costs is a wider concept than the sum awarded or agreed, the Senior Costs Judge has said. Master Gordon-Saker was ruling in the latest series of costs cases to arise out of the Mirror Newspapers hacking litigation.

August 14th, 2018

High Court gives whiplash contempt proceedings green light

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A High Court judge has allowed a bus company’s application for committal proceedings to go ahead against two former claimants who said they had serious whiplash injuries from a minor traffic collision, when CCTV showed otherwise.

August 13th, 2018

High Court dismisses first test case in second wave of Mau Mau claims

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The High Court has dismissed the first test case brought as part of a second wave of Mau Mau group litigation, following the British government’s settlement of over 5,000 claims for £19.9m in 2013. It said the government’s ability to defend itself had been “severely compromised” by the time taken by the claimant.

August 10th, 2018

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The case for costs management in arbitration

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Way back in May this year, when the grass was still green and some people in London could be spotted wearing two layers of clothing, Sir Rupert Jackson popped over to Mauritius and delivered the keynote speech at the 11th International Conference on Construction Law and ADR. The closing section of his speech brought him back to familiar territory and noted that 67% of respondents to a Queen Mary University review this year identified the high level of costs as the worst feature of international arbitration. So, what’s to be gained by encouraging the introduction of pre-emptive budgeting to arbitral proceedings?

August 8th, 2018

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