Costs


Judge refuses to cut costs despite damages failure

The fact that a successful claimant recovered less than 10% of the damages he sought was not a sufficient reason to disallow some of his costs, the High Court has ruled.

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Master sets out approach to interim costs in clin neg cases

The High Court has confirmed that law firms can apply for interim payments on account of costs in long-running medical negligence cases, and set out how they should approach them.

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Court of Appeal issues guidance on QOCS in ‘mixed’ claims

Qualified one-way costs shifting does not automatically apply to ‘mixed’ claims involving both a personal injury and non-PI element – but it is the starting point for standard cases – the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Credit card lie “made PI claimant fundamentally dishonest”

A personal injury claimant who lied over whether he had credit cards which could have been used to pay for a replacement car, instead of credit hire, was fundamentally dishonest, the High Court has ruled.

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CJC group fails to agree fixed costs for clin neg cases

The working group charged with agreeing fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims worth up to £25,000 has been unable to do so, although it has made progress on process changes.

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High Court issues “novel” conditional costs order

The High Court has issued what has been described as a “novel” conditional order for an interim payments on account of costs in the event of a party not complying with an unless order.

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High Court judge urges update of guideline hourly rates

A High Court judge has urged a review of the guideline hourly rates, saying the current levels are “not helpful” when deciding what reasonable rates should be in 2019.

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Cut-off between budgeted and incurred costs to be clarified

A change to the CPR coming into force on 1 October should provide clearer guidance on the cut-off between budgeted and incurred costs, it has been argued.

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