Judge upholds $3.7m default costs certificate after delayed reaction

14 April 2021

A costs judge has upheld a default costs certificate on a $3.7m bill after the paying party’s solicitors did not show any sense of urgency in dealing with it.

Budget variation application failed promptness test, master rules

13 April 2021

A High Court master has sent out a strong message on the need to seek budget variations promptly after refusing a bid to increase two claimants’ budgets by £1.3m.

Solicitors ask: Is it time to ditch the guideline hourly rates altogether?

9 April 2021

It may be time to ditch the guideline hourly rates entirely in favour of a market solution given they are meant to reflect what lawyers are charging, Birmingham Law Society has said.

Proposed guideline hourly rates too low, lawyers argue

6 April 2021

The review of the guideline hourly rates has been widely criticised for only considering the costs judges have allowed, rather than what lawyers have claimed.

Accepting cap on damages deduction “equals informed consent”

29 March 2021

A solicitor telling a client that they will deduct up to 25% of damages to cover costs not recovered in a low-value personal injury case amounts to informed consent, a regional costs judge has ruled.

CA to hear appeal on ‘informed consent’ to PI damages deduction

24 March 2021

The Court of Appeal has agreed to consider whether personal injury clients need to give informed consent to paying their solicitor more costs than could have been recovered.

Kennedys automates assessment of medical evidence in portal cases

19 March 2021

Defendant firm Kennedys is now using artificial intelligence to assess medical evidence and recommend a damages figure for claims in the MoJ claims portal.

Court can order solicitor to attend wasted costs cross-examination

11 March 2021

The court has the power to require a solicitor to attend court for cross-examination in respect of a wasted costs application, a High Court judge has ruled.

GHR review “must take account” of hourly rates solicitors claim

2 March 2021

The Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors has urged the working party reviewing the guideline hourly rates to take account of rates claimed as well as those allowed.

The £55 court fee that should have been £10,000

10 February 2021

The fee to bring an unlimited additional claim should be £10,000, rather than the £55 the court office had advised one of the parties in bitter litigation involving two law firms, a judge has ruled.

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