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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 »

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 »

Master more than halves £1m budget

A High Court master last week more than halved a proposed budget in a quantum-only cerebral palsey case, it has emerged. Leading costs lawyer Matthew Harman said the master also refused to hear any argument on hourly rates.

September 12th, 2013 | Comments Off on Master more than halves £1m budget

District judge chief: we can handle provisional assessment

The introduction of docketing should mean that judges are “more than capable” of handling provisional assessment (PA), the new president of the Association of District Judges has said. Meanwhile, Litigation Futures has divined some explanation for the shock trebling of the PA limit.

April 4th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Rule committee set to approve surprise tripling of provisional assessment limit

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee should this week sign off an unexpected tripling of the limit for provisional assessment to £75,000, it has emerged. The change has been approved by the government, a Ministry of Justice spokesman told Litigation Futures yesterday.

February 5th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Costs pilots extended as new experts guidance is published

The three costs pilots running in the county court and High Court are set to be extended for a further six months, it has emerged. The draft 59th update of the Civil Procedure Rules says that the pilots should now run until 31 March 2013.

July 31st, 2012 | Comments Off on Costs pilots extended as new experts guidance is published