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The interplay between the client care letter, the Solicitors Act and the Civil Procedure Rules

Claire Holloway
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In the case of Breyer Group Plc & Ors v Prospect Law Limited Master Rowley considers some key, important factors in deciding what the Claimants in this action should pay the Defendants (their former solicitors) in respect of legal fees. It raises...

Third Party Funding: Where are we now?

Claire Winn
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We are all, to some degree, familiar with the rules regarding maintenance and champerty and the long standing consensus that parties without an interest in proceedings should not be given the opportunity to meddle with the disputes of others ( British Cash...

Marsh v Ministry of Justice

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Background The Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant for personal injury which was resolved in the sum of just over £286,000.00 at trial. During the course of the case the Claimant made genuine attempts to settle by way of Part 36 offers;...

Is it possible for the Claimant to lose their claim but still get their costs of the action? Bullock orders anyone?

Janina Muromceva
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It is not uncommon for the Claimant to sue multiple Defendants but how common and indeed is it possible for the Claimant to recover their costs of the whole action and avoid paying costs of the Defendants' against whom the Claimant's case was...

Could Fixed Recoverable Costs be illegal?

Nicholas Lee
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Employment Court Fees UNISION’s legal challenge began shortly after fees were introduced on 29 July 2013. Since 2013, those wishing to issue proceedings in an employment tribunal have been required to pay a fee unless they qualify for remission. Fees...

Costs Budgets: So, hourly rates do form part of a CMO...? Court says a reduction in rates is a good reason to depart

Marc Harris
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RNB –v- London Borough of Newham [2017] EWHC B15 (Costs) Background The Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant for abuse suffered by an employee of the Defendant. Proceedings were issued, a Costs Management Order was made with the...

Unusual costs will be considered to be unreasonably incurred

Rebecca Peters
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Some useful advice was provided by Master Rowley in the matter of Breyer Group & Ors v Prospect Law Limited (SCCO) (26 July 2017) in relation to solicitor own-client costs.  The Defendant in this matter was one of several firms who successfully...

LJ Jackson's Supplemental Report: Fixed Costs & The New Intermediate Track

Richie Rees
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Today Lord Justice Jackson has released his Supplementary Report , following the initial review of civil litigation costs back in 2009 that resulted in significant changes to the CPR in 2013. The Supplemental Report proposes further changes that intend to...

Clean Sweep as Paragon set to announce four new Costs Lawyers

Nicholas Lee
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Paragon are delighted to announce that Megan Roxburgh, Richie Rees, Rebecca Peters and Marc Harris have all successfully completed their exams and will shortly be in receipt of a practising certificate acknowledging them as qualified Costs Lawyers. Costs...

Budget Limited To Court Fees? All Is Not Lost!

Megan Roxburgh
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Failure to File a Costs Budget: Asghar v Bhatti [2017] EWHC 1702 (QB) In this matter, in the course of the costs management process, the claimant had failed to file a costs budget in accordance with the relevant time scales. Therefore Master Leslie...

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