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Master rejects defendant’s attacks on £10,000 ATE premium for £200,000 med neg case

A costs judge has rejected attacks by the defendant on a £10,000 after-the-event insurance premium obtained by a claimant in a medical negligence case which eventually settled for £200,000. The ATE insurance was block-rated under an agreement between Irwin Mitchell and Allianz.

August 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

Appeal judges reject law firm’s claim for fees under insolvency CFA

The Court of Appeal has rejected a law firm’s claim to its legal fees in a battle with a liquidator over an conditional fee agreement. Lord Justice Hamblen said there was a “shared common understanding” that its fees would be paid from recoveries and the liquidator would not be personally liable for any shortfall.

August 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal: claimants cannot “blow hot and cold” with QOCS

Claimants cannot “blow hot and cold” with Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting by terminating one conditional fee agreement and signing a new one just to get the benefit of costs protection, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

August 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

Burcher Jennings launches “first of its kind” funding package for firms

Cost and pricing consultancy Burcher Jennings has launched a new funding package for law firms, which it believes is “the first of its kind in the UK legal industry”. Firms are reported to be keen to use the funding to finance increased court fees.

June 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

High Court backs cut of severe injury success fee from 75% to 30%

The High Court has cut a CFA success fee charged by Irwin Mitchell, acting for a pedestrian whose back was broken when a car reversed over her, from 75% to 30%.

July 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Government overturns LASPO changes as Djanogly hits out at "inflated" law firm profits

The government as expected overturned all of the House of Lords amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill last night, with justice minister Jonathan Djanogly saying the Jackson reforms would put an end to the “racket” that has allowed “inflated profits” for law firms.

July 18th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government overturns LASPO changes as Djanogly hits out at "inflated" law firm profits

Experts attack "patently unfair" government bid to make key Jackson reform retrospective

A government bid to give the key element of the Jackson reforms retrospective effect was today branded “patently unfair” by costs experts and likely to encourage defendants to start stringing out cases.

June 12th, 2012 | Comments Off on Experts attack "patently unfair" government bid to make key Jackson reform retrospective

Firm claims RTA portal "breakthrough" as insolvency cases granted stay of LASPO execution

Liverpool costs specialists yesterday claimed a “massive breakthrough” in a dispute about the recovery of ATE insurance in RTA portal cases that has seen thousands of cases stayed. The news came as the government announced a two-year moratorium on ending recoverability in insolvency cases.

May 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on Firm claims RTA portal "breakthrough" as insolvency cases granted stay of LASPO execution

Neuberger: ABSs herald death of hourly billing

Alternative business structures may well herald the demise of hourly billing as legal practice becomes even more competitive, the Master of the Rolls has predicted. Contingency fees and price comparision websites will also play a role.

May 14th, 2012 | Comments Off on Neuberger: ABSs herald death of hourly billing

Cost discouraging SMEs from going to court but many don't know about CFAs, survey finds

Worries about the cost of going to court are preventing small and medium-sized businesses from enforcing their legal rights, yet many remain unaware that commercial disputes can be funded through conditional fee agreements, new research has shown.

July 19th, 2011 | Comments Off on Cost discouraging SMEs from going to court but many don't know about CFAs, survey finds