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Jackson carrying out costs budgeting ‘research’ before major speech

Lord Justice Jackson has been carrying out ‘research’ into the operation of costs budgeting in advance of a lecture next month, the Judicial Office has confirmed.

April 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Time is money, so what is your time worth?

Before filing the latest guideline rates away as non-news, however, I think it is worth considering Lord Dyson’s following comment: “There should be greater flexibility (for judges determining appropriate rates) in detailed assessments than would ordinarily be shown in summary assessments.”

August 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Costs committee under fire after rejection of GHR plans

The costs committee of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has been attacked by litigation solicitors and the Law Society after the surprise rejection of its plans for new guideline hourly rates (GHR) by the Master of the Rolls.

July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Dyson: Lack of evidence means no new guideline hourly rates

Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, has rejected recommendations for new guideline hourly rates (GHR) because of a “fundamental” shortcoming in the evidence.

July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

Foskett attacks defendant firms over failure to respond to GHR review

Mr Justice Foskett, chairman of the Civil Justice Council’s costs committee, has hit out at defendant law firms for failing to respond to the survey informing its review of the guideline hourly rates (GHR).

July 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

The wait for new guideline hourly rates goes on

The wait for the outcome of the review into guideline hourly rates (GHR) goes on, but the committee that has spent a year investigating them has finally submitted its report, it was announced yesterday.

June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

CJC delays guideline hourly rates report

The costs committee of the Civil Justice Council has postponed completion of its report on guideline hourly rates until later this month. It was originally due to deliver the report and recommendations to the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, by 31 March 2014.

May 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

APIL calls for big uplift in guideline hourly rates

The guideline hourly rates should be increased by nearly a fifth if access to justice is going to be protected, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has claimed. But City solicitors have accused the Civil Justice Council of pursuing a “flawed” review of the rates.

December 20th, 2013 | Comments Off on APIL calls for big uplift in guideline hourly rates

Don’t ignore it

I am grateful to Litigation Futures for the opportunity to say something about the current work of the Civil Justice Council’s costs committee, which I chair. Our current task is to recommend to the Master of the Rolls by April 2014 what the guideline hourly rates should be. It is a controversial issue and as costs expert Kerry Underwood has said, “there is more misunderstanding about guideline hourly rates than any other aspect of costs”.

November 1st, 2013 | No Comments »

Short window to influence hourly rates review, ACL warns

The committee reviewing the guideline hourly rates is set to issue a short call for evidence next month and it is vital that practitioners participate in the process, the Association of Costs Lawyers has warned.

October 17th, 2013 | Comments Off on Short window to influence hourly rates review, ACL warns