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Provisional assessment “hasn’t happened”, says SCCO master

The new provisional assessment regime for cases with costs of up of £75,000 “just hasn’t happened”, a senior costs judge has said. Master Haworth also outlined some of the problems he has seen with costs budgeting.

July 17th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

MPs and peers attack judicial review costs changes

MPs and peers on the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) have attacked government plans to make sweeping changes to the costs rules for judicial reviews.

April 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal against interest on costs ruling

The Supreme Court has settled the question of the date from which interest on costs runs by refusing to hear an appeal on it. It said the Court of Appeal was more appropriate for questions of practice and procedure.

July 9th, 2012 | Comments Off on Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal against interest on costs ruling

Government to unveil county court shake-up with doubling of small claims limit

The government is expected to announce on Thursday that the small claims limit will be doubled to £10,000, although the limit for personal injury cases will remain at £1,000, Legal Futures has learned. Extension of the RTA portal should also be part of the package.

July 8th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government to unveil county court shake-up with doubling of small claims limit

£105m Trafigura costs dispute settles, leaving lawyers seeking clarity on interest

The dispute over Leigh Day & Co’s £105m costs bill in the Trafigura litigation has settled before it could reach the Supreme Court, it has emerged, leaving costs specialists frustrated that the question of the date from which interest on costs runs remains unresolved.

June 18th, 2012 | Comments Off on £105m Trafigura costs dispute settles, leaving lawyers seeking clarity on interest

Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda

An investigation into the benefits of cross-examination and disclosure could be next on the costs reform agenda, the Master of the Rolls has indicated. At the same time, an interim report into the national costs management pilot has found signs that it is producing benefits.

June 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda

Neuberger: prepare for satellite litigation over proportionality

Satellite litigation may be necessary to work out the new rule on proportionality in costs, the Master of the Rolls has said, but it will be a “very small price to pay”. Lawyers were also warned that if they fail to submit a budget from next April, then it will by default comprise only court fees.

May 30th, 2012 | Comments Off on Neuberger: prepare for satellite litigation over proportionality

Government county court reforms assailed from all sides

The government’s plans to reform the county courts have attracted criticism from both claimant and defendant lawyers as well as costs specialists – albeit for different reasons, with the lack of detail a particular bugbear.

May 10th, 2012 | Comments Off on Government county court reforms assailed from all sides

Government confirms U-turn on raising small-claims limit for PI claims

The government today executed a major U-turn on raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims, having announced three months ago that it was not going to do so.

May 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »