Ukraine president handed costs penalty over libel claim approach

20 February 2019

The “wasteful and obstructive stance” taken by the president of Ukraine in refusing to agree to a preliminary hearing on meaning in a libel case against the BBC has been penalised in costs.

Claimant “bound” by failure to change figure in portal

19 February 2019

A claimant whose solicitors failed to amend the gross settlement box in the Ministry of Justice portal while negotiating with the defendant insurer was stuck with the figure, a circuit judge has ruled.

Uncontested flight delay claims “not litigation”, CA rules

13 February 2019

The work done by Bott & Co in bringing uncontested flight delay claims does not amount to litigation services and so the law firm cannot claim an equitable lien over the damages for its costs.

Hain intervention has costs knock-on as Green discontinues claim

11 February 2019

The intervention of Lord Hain in the dispute between Sir Philip Green and the Daily Telegraph has had a mixed impact on the costs of the case, which was discontinued last week.

Both claimant and defendant lawyers unhappy with LASPO review

8 February 2019

Both claimant and defendant solicitors expressed themselves dissatisfied with the Ministry of Justice’s conclusion that the part 2 LASPO reforms have largely achieved their goals.

MoJ: Part 2 LASPO reforms “have achieved their goal”

7 February 2019

Part 2 of LASPO has “on balance” succeeded in the government’s aims of reducing the cost of litigation, the Ministry of Justice declared today – but DBA reform is on the agenda.

Judge “wrong” not to make unless order over unpaid costs

5 February 2019

A circuit judge was wrong not to make an unless order against a claimant who failed to pay the costs of a preliminary hearing, the High Court has ruled.

Friston issues “double jeopardy” warning over conduct issues

31 January 2019

Conduct issues that could have been dealt with at trial cannot be revisited during detailed assessment, the author of Friston on Costs, sitting in the Senior Courts Costs Office, has ruled.

Judge caps “disproportionate” hourly rates for Green lawyers

24 January 2019

The judge in charge of the media list has reduced the hourly rate recoverable by the lawyers for Sir Philip Green in his case against the Daily Telegraph. He capped the top partner rate at £550 an hour.

Judge caps “alarming costs” of Supreme Court appeal

16 January 2019

The High Court has criticised the “deeply alarming” level of costs which the trustee of the British Airways pension scheme expects to spend in a Supreme Court appeal.

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