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Exposure of Personal Injury Claimants to Costs Orders in Pre-Action Applications

Megan Roxburgh
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On 13 November 2020 Her Honour Judge Clarke handed down judgment in the matter of Waterfield and Ors v Dentality Ltd and Ors CC (Oxford) . The judgment deals with the question of QOCS following an Application hearing on 4 August 2020 wherein 26 potential...

BDW Trading Ltd v Lantoom Ltd - Is a substantial increase of disclosure documents a significant development?

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In the matter of BDW Trading Ltd v Lantoom Ltd, Mr Justice Kerr considered whether a substantial increase of disclosures documents should be considered a significant development and if the knock-on effect to other phases should also be considered ...

CFAs Unenforceable in Highly Critical Ruling

Megan Roxburgh
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Global Energy Horizons Corporation v The Winros Partnership [2020] EWHC B27 (Costs) : Master James has found in favour of the Claimant (the client) in a recent solicitor/client Judgment. The Master concluded that three of a City firm’s retainer...

Can Non-Solicitor Deputies Charge Solicitor Rates? (Public Guardian v Riddle (No 1) & (No2) [2020] EWCOP 41)

Mark Holloway
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Practical Advice It is clear from the judgments that a non-solicitor deputy is not precluded from charging some form of enhanced rates over the public authority rates. However it is clear that if this enhanced rate is sought it needs to be clearly...

Bristol Law Society- Costs Update

Nicholas Lee
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Nicholas Lee will be presenting an online webinar in association with Bristol Law Society on Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 1pm via Zoom. The webinar will cover recent developments in the world of costs, including: Recent guidance from Master Gordon-Saker...

Leading costs law specialists join forces to launch new ADR service

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Specialists from two leading South West legal firms have come together to launch a new service which offers clients an alternative approach to resolving expensive and time-consuming costs disputes. Bristol-based Legal Costs Resolutions’ (LCR) range...

Agreeing costs against one Defendant but not the other

Nicholas Lee
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Oberholster v Little & Anor [2020] EWHC 2635 (QB) (06 October 2020) Background C contracted with D2 (Optical Express) to undertake ophthalmic surgery. The surgery was carried out by D8 (Dr Oberholster), a surgeon engaged by D2. D2 was sued along...

Costs Budgeting: Further Changes effective from 1 October 2020

Claire Winn
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Further changes are underway in relation to CPR Part 3 regarding costs management and the relevant practice direction, CPR PD3E, effective from 1 October 2020. The practice direction has effectively undergone a complete re-write and some important additions...

Budgeting In Group Litigation

Mark Holloway
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This practice note will be treated as a live document and updated when developments arise. For information on group litigation please see the previous practice note Costs in Group Litigation . The below will refer to terms addressed in the practice note. ...

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...

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