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New duty will require judges to report lawyers subject to wasted costs orders to regulators

Judges making wasted costs orders are to be placed under a duty to report the lawyers involved to their regulator in a bid to make them “consider more carefully the decisions they make in handling a case”, the government has decided.

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Government to legislate for tougher costs rules in judicial review

The government is to introduce legislation that will substantially beef up the costs rules so as to discourage weak or frivolous judicial reviews, with changes ranging from legal aid eligibility to protective costs orders.

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Government targets costs reform in bid to stem judicial review cases

A raft of changes to the costs regime for judicial review proceedings – including greater use of wasted costs orders and possibly scrapping protective costs orders – has been proposed today by the government.

September 6th, 2013 | Comments Off on Government targets costs reform in bid to stem judicial review cases

CA: judge should have recused himself from hearing wasted costs application

The Court of Appeal has taken the highly unusual step of ruling that a judge should have recused himself from hearing a wasted costs order against a party’s solicitors given the comments he made about them in his substantive judgment.

August 27th, 2013 | Comments Off on CA: judge should have recused himself from hearing wasted costs application

High Court refuses non-party costs order against solicitor acting on CFA for impecunious client

The High Court has refused to grant a non-party costs order against a solicitor who took on a case for an impecunious claimant under a conditional fee agreement without after-the-event insurance and also agreed to pay the disbursements.

October 2nd, 2012 | Comments Off on High Court refuses non-party costs order against solicitor acting on CFA for impecunious client