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Hourly Rates; the Latest Development

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Background All practising litigators will be aware that, in recent months, the landscape with regards to guideline hourly rates has been evolving. The first development of note is the matter of Ohpen Operations UK Ltd v Invesco Fund Managers Ltd [2019]...

Costs Budgeting: Further Changes effective from 1 October 2020

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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...

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

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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...

ADR Update

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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...

Can CPR 44.11 be utilised to reduce the level of costs allowed on assessment?

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In the matter of Andrews v Retro Computers Ltd [2019] EWHC B2 (Costs) Deputy Master Friston provided guidance on the application of CPR 44.11(1)(b) and the Court’s power to disallow costs on the basis of unreasonable or improper conduct. Overview ...