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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.