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QOCS rule to change but not in relation to Tomlin orders

An urgently needed amendment to the rules on qualified one-way costs shifting in so-called mixed claims will come into force in the coming weeks, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has decided.

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Vos issues warning to parties who abuse disclosure pilot

Parties that try to use the disclosure pilot for litigation advantage will face “serious adverse costs consequences”, the Chancellor of the High Court has warned, urging judges to take action if they see it.

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Unfit expert hit with £89k third-party costs order

A circuit judge has made a “highly unusual” and large third-party costs order against a claimant’s medical expert witness, whose “improper, unreasonable, or negligent conduct” doomed the case.

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Commercial Court aims to tackle listing issues

The Commercial Court has pledged to try and eliminate listing issues that have occurred in the past year amid a reduction in the number of available judges.

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Court should have punished “speculative” claim with indemnity costs

The High Court was wrong not to punish with indemnity costs a couple who pursued speculative claims that reached the “absurd” situation where they racked up costs simply to recover costs.

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ALF membership “not enough” to guarantee funder will pay

Membership of the Association of Litigation Funders is not enough reassurance that a funder will pay up in the face of a large liability for costs, the High Court has ruled.

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Keoghs gears up to build AI-backed ‘virtual assistant’

An artificial intelligence-backed “virtual assistant” to augment the work of lawyers in large loss cases is being developed by defendant law firm Keoghs as part of a suite of new tools.

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Firm that overlooked budget granted relief from sanctions

A party that failed to file and serve its costs budget in time because it was not included in a list of agreed pre-case and costs management conference steps has been granted relief from sanctions.

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