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Costs Budgeting

Claire Kretzmann
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Costs Budgeting; the balancing act between the proportionality of a budget and the reasonableness of its constituent parts Two notable decisions on costs budgeting have recently been provided by the Courts. The first of these matters is Associated...

The SCCO confirm that Fuseon does apply to CoP costs

Lucy Hodgkins
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The Professional Deputies Forum (PDF) has funded an oral hearing in the SCCO, which dealt with the time spent delegating in Court of Protection bills of costs. The hearing related to a Lanyon Bowdler bill of costs where time spent delegating to junior fee...

Paragon Costs Solutions recognised as a leader

Nicholas Lee
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Paragon Costs Solutions recognised as a leader by prestigious legal directories Legal costs specialist Paragon Costs Solutions has become the only South West-based firm of its kind to be recommended by the prestigious Legal 500 directory of UK-wide...

Belsner & Karatysz - a warning

Lucy Hodgkins
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Belsner & Karatysz – a warning for both solicitors and checkmylegalfees.com on low cost portal cases The Court of Appeal decision in Belsner v Cam Legal Services [2022] EWCA Civ 1387 , would certainly be classed as a ‘win’ for the...

Mathieu v Hinds & Aviva: 60% Reduction in the Claimant's Costs

Claire Kretzmann
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Mathieu v Hinds & Aviva: 60% Reduction in the Claimant’s Costs due to Failure to Beat a Calderbank Offer Mathieu v Hunds & Aviva [2022] EWHC 1624 (QB) Background The matter involved a personal injury claim for damages, arising out of a...

Part 8 claim for a Solicitors Act assessment struck out

Megan Roxburgh
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Kelly v Ralli Ltd [2022] EWHC B5 (Costs) Background The Claimant instructed the Defendant in respect of a personal injury claim. That claim concluded in 2019, at which point the Defendant's registered office was at Jackson House in Sale. However, on...

Court Strikes Out Defendant's Points of Dispute

Nicholas Lee
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Tudor v (1) Dean & GCOL Limited – Detailed Assessment of Costs – Court Strikes Out Defendant’s Points of Dispute & Approves Good Reason to Depart from An Approved Costs Budget Clarke Willmott acted for the Petitioner Mr Tudor...

Recovering interest on a disbursements funding Loan

Nicholas Lee
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I have long held the view that the authorities support the ability to recover interest on a disbursement funding agreement. Of course, this is subject to the Court’s very wide discretion at CPR 44.2. This appears to be a view supported by Regional...

Receiving party reaps the benefit of a well-pitched Part 36 offer

Nicholas Lee
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Moran v Smith (Bristol County Court, Deputy District Judge Napier, 17/12/2021) Paragon Costs were instructed on behalf of the Defendant (the receiving party). Unusually, a Provisional Assessment was undertaken in circumstances where the costs claimed...

A Defendant may invoke the provisions of Part 36

Lucy Hodgkins
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Part 36: A Defendant may invoke the provisions of Part 36 as a Claimant if the offer is clear and there is a genuine counterclaim   The Huntsworth Wine Company Limited v London City Bond Limited [2022] EWHC 97 (Comm) Background The Huntsworth...

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