Costs


Lawyers concerned by figures underpinning fixed costs reform

Lawyers have reacted with caution to government plans to implement Sir Rupert Jackson’s recommendations for fixed recoverable costs, especially given the evidence behind the figures.

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Government to implement Jackson’s fixed costs blueprint

The Ministry of Justice today laid out its intention to implement Sir Rupert Jackson’s blueprint for fixed recoverable costs across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000.

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Lawyers wrong to fear capped costs, says High Court judge

Lawyers are wrong to fear capped costs, which could make a “big difference” to the ability of medium-sized companies to litigate, a High Court judge said yesterday.

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Judge: solicitors need “adequate cash flow” to fund med neg cases

Solicitors may refuse to take on medical negligence cases at an early stage if courts fail to ensure “adequate cash flow”, a circuit judge has warned in ordering a further interim payment on account of costs.

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Fundamental dishonesty “should lead to strike-out of whole claim”

A finding of fundamental dishonesty in a personal injury claim should mean an associated credit hire claim is also struck out, a circuit judge has ruled.

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Judge recuses himself because of work with party’s solicitors

A deputy High Court judge has recused himself from conducting a summary assessment because of his work with the law firm involved and the possibility he could end up later arguing the points he was deciding.

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Agency fee for medical records recoverable under EL/PL protocol

Claimants in low-value public liability cases are able to recover medical agency fees incurred in obtaining medical records, even though there is no express allowance in the CPR, a circuit judge has ruled.

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Ukraine president handed costs penalty over libel claim approach

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.

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