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Getting the basics right

Nicholas Lee
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Getting the basics right- “All of these errors could have been avoided with a little diligence”

Thompson v NSL Limited [2021] EWHC 679 (QB)

Megan Roxburgh
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In the matter of Thompson v NSL Limited [2021] EWHC 679 (QB) Master McCloud considered an application by the Claimant to revise parts of a budget originally approved by a District Judge in the County Court.

Morrow v Shrewsbury RUFC - Part 36 offers and exaggeration

Lucy Hodgkins
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In the matter of Morrow v Shrewsbury RUFC, Mrs Justice Farbey considered whether it would be just for a Claimant who had exaggerated their claim to recover costs after succeeding at trial, and if not, what would be a reasonable and just deduction to those costs.

Informed consent - what is it and where are we?

Lucy Hodgkins
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Solicitor and own client assessments have been on the rise for some time now. The question of whether informed consent has been provided by the client for the solicitor to charge fees over and above that which had been allowed on an inter-partes basis has recently been considered.

GUIDELINE HOURLY RATES WORKING GROUP REPORT FOR CONSULTATION

Mark Holloway
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The long awaited Guideline Hourly Rate (GHR) report has now been published by the working group. The main takeaway from this report are the proposed increased hourly rates, which have been described as a ‘modest’ increase by the working group.

Conflicts of interest and the extent of the 'general authority' where a deputy instructs its own firm to carry out instructions or conduct litigation on P's behalf.

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This issue, along with various others, was considered by HHJ Hilder in ACC & Ors [2020] EWCOP 9. The test case related to three applicants who lacked capacity to manage their property and affairs or conduct litigation. None of the deputyship orders...

20% enhancement to hourly rates for Court of Protection matters; and a new practice note

Lucy Hodgkins
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In PLK & Ors (full judgment here ) Master Whalan has provided guidance as to the appropriate hourly rates to be claimed in Court of Protection matters. The starting point will now be a rate equating to c. 120% of the 2010 guideline rates. Whilst the...

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