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Wasted Costs and Jurisdiction: the necessity of steps taken is not sufficient to avoid wasted costs

Claire Winn
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The matter of Jovicic & Others v The Serbian Orthodox Church – Serbian Patriarchy v Kesar & Co [2020] EWHC 2229 (QB) involved a handful of claims for abuse by members of the clergy who belonged to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Each Claimant...

Significant Developments

Mark Holloway
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This practice note will be treated as a live document and updated when developments arise. There are some upcoming changes to the CPR in relation to significant developments. This practice note aims to set out the current rules and case law regarding this...

Costs In Group Litigation

Mark Holloway
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This practice note will be treated as a live document and updated when developments arise. Civil Procedure Rules These rules apply where the court has made a Group Litigation Order (GLO). However they are also standard practice in group litigation claims...

Are inter fee-earner discussions reasonable?

Nicholas Lee
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This issue, along with multiple fee earners attending trial, scheduling outstanding actions and creating bundles, was considered by the Senior Costs Judge, Master Gordon-Saker, in Fuseon Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Shinners [2020] EWHC B18 (Costs) (09...

ADR Update

Claire Winn
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It has been clear in recent years that the Courts are continually keen to reiterate the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution and show no reluctance to make an example of any party that has unreasonably refused to engage in ADR. There have been a...

DSN v Blackpool Football Club - Indemnity costs for failing to engage in ADR

Nicholas Lee
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In the matter of DSV v Blackpool Football Club Mr Justice Griffiths awarded the Claimant indemnity costs for a period commencing a year before they beat their Part 36 offer, due to the Defendant’s failure to engage in ADR.

Payment on account of quantum costs without an authority for costs

Nicholas Lee
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In RXK v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019], Master Cook explained the factors the Court will consider when considering an interim payment on account of costs when quantification of damages is not possible for a considerable length of time.

Retainer must state if invoices are intended to be final statute bills

Megan Roxburgh
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In Iwuanyawu v Ratcliffes Solicitors [2020] EWHC B25 (Costs), Master Gordon-Saker found in favour of the Claimant (the client) in a solicitor client dispute regarding the right to have the Defendant’s (the solicitor) bills assessed.

Underspending in a phase does not lead to an assessment of costs - Utting v City College Norwich [2020] EWHC B20 (Costs)

Mark Holloway
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Underspending in a phase should not open that phase to a full detailed assessment of the costs therein. Background The claimant valued their claim in the region of £1.85 million. The claim proceeded until 20 days before trial at which point it...

Good Reason to Depart

Mark Holloway
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A practice note detailing the case law and providing practical advice on good reasons to depart from a costs budget.

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