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Are costs recoverable if a client terminates their CFA

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In Sellers v Simpkins [2023] EWHC 3296 (SCCO) Senior Costs Judge Gordon-Saker considered the costs recoverable by a solicitor when their client terminates their CFA.

Interim payments at the end of a trial

Lucy Hodgkins
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In Lifestyle Equities CV & Anor v Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club & Ors [2023] EWHC 2923 (CH) Mr Justice Mellor considered three issues relevant to costs whether a deduction should be made to the successful parties’ costs; the making of an interim payment, and whether a consequentials hearing should be included in the costs budget, or assessed separately.

Cooke and others v Woodchurch House Limited

Nicholas Lee
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Nicholas Lee of Paragon Costs Solutions and James Wibberley of Guildhall Chambers were instructed to represent the Defendant in these costs proceedings.

The COP-E Bill of Costs

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From 1 November 2022 to 28 April 2023, a pilot was in place for the use of electronic bills in Court of Protection (COP) claims. The trial was a marked success, resulting in the continuation of these bills being accepted by the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) moving forwards.

Recoverability of a pre-Inquest review

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In the matter of Briley & Ors v Leicester Partnership NHS Trust & Ors [2023] EWHC 1470 (SCCO), the recoverability of attending a pre-inquest review was considered.

Part 36 and genuine attempts to settle proceedings

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In Sleaford Building Services Ltd v Isoplus Pipings Systems Ltd, the Court considered the validity of a Part 36 offer made and whether the offer was a genuine attempt to settle the claim.

A Year In Review

Nicholas Lee
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Wishing you a disproportionately Happy Festive break (on the standard basis) and a Happy New Year (without prejudice save as to costs). This offer is open for acceptance for 21 days (the “relevant period”).

The variation of costs budgets

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Simpsons (Preston) Ltd & Anor v MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd [2023] EWHC 1370 (Comm) and the variation of costs budgets when the issue is self-imposed

Late acceptance of a Part 36 offer

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IEH v Powell [2023] EWHC 1037 and the late acceptance of a Part 36 offer when the Claimant is a child suffering with brain damage.

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