Costs


Court of Appeal overturns costs award made after interim injunction

14 January 2021

There is no “pay as you go” principle which overrides the general rule that the court should reserve the costs where an interim injunction is granted, appeal judges have ruled.


Lukewarm response to guideline hourly rates reform

13 January 2021

Last week recommended changes to the guideline hourly rates – which it admitted were “modest” – have generated a lukewarm response from the profession.


CJC group recommends “modest” increases in guideline hourly rates

8 January 2021

There should be a “modest” increases in the guideline hourly rates – ranging from 7% to 35% – with the highest band for heavyweight commercial work rather than any work carried out by a City law firm.


Third of costs lawyers “busier than ever” despite Covid-19

15 December 2020

Costs lawyers have weathered the Covid-19 well, with more than a third reporting that they are busier than ever, but some finding that solicitors are paying bills more slowly.


Complex injury lawyers urge hourly rate review to recognise specialism

9 December 2020

The Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors has urged the working group reviewing the guideline hourly rates to recognise the need for higher rates for the type of work its members undertake.


Increase guideline hourly rates by 35% pending CJC review, judge says

3 December 2020

The guideline hourly rates should be increased to take account of inflation while they are being reviewed, meaning an increase of 35%, the High Court ruled this week.


CA: Judge was wrong not to order all of part 36 enhanced awards

18 November 2020

Making one of the four enhanced awards of beating a part 36 offer does not “in any way” undermine or lessen entitlement to the others, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


“Where are the savings?” – PI lawyers attack insurers

11 November 2020

Claimant lawyers have attacked motor insurers for failing to pass on to consumers £367m in savings they have seen because of the impact of Covid-19 in reducing injury claims.


Court of Appeal refuses permission to appeal Swift v Carpenter

6 November 2020

The Court of Appeal has refused permission to appeal Swift v Carpenter, its recent decision on accommodation claims, and awarded the claimant her costs.


Costs specialists target ADR and precedent automation

26 October 2020

Specialist costs lawyers in the South-West have joined forces with barristers to launch an ADR service aimed at costs, while another costs lawyer has launched an automated budget drafting service.

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What do arbitrators know?

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