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Paragon Costs, in conjunction with DAS LawAssist, hosted a conference at The Future Inns hotel in Bristol on 4th December 2013. The conference, sponsored by Wesleyan for Lawyers and Oval Insurance Brokers, and with support from Guildhall Chambers and Bristol Law Society, was a resounding success.

The conference saw over 80 delegates gather with trepidation to learn what the Jackson reforms mean, in practice, 8 months on. Delegates heard from Richard Whale (of DAS LawAssist) as to how the ATE market has developed to accommodate the reforms and what is being done to ensure Claimant continue to have the option and security of cover.

Paragon Costs’ very own Nick Lee then took the stage to provide a practical narrative of what the Courts have been doing in respect of Costs Management and proportionality, along with a current case law summary, to include the infamous Mitchell case.

James Wibberley, a Barrister at Guildhall with a particular interest in costs, was next to step up, guiding delegates through the (ever present) pitfalls of Part 36 and Settlement Agreements. James' words were accompanied by some very useful reference notes, which included some excellent stock shots!

Following a short coffee break and Wesleyan’s prize draw where one lucky delegate received a Kindle in return for completing a short questionnaire, Mr David Chalk took the mic. Mr Chalk is a Professor at the University of Winchester and his sole aim, it seemed, was to persuade the delegates why Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) do not and will not work! His witty spot was persuasive as well as thought provoking.

Finally the matter concluded with a Mock Costs Management Conference. This practical and unrehearsed exercise saw Claire Tomlin (Paragon Costs) for the Paying Party and James Wibberley (Guildhall) for the Receiving Party argue over costs budgets before ‘Deputy District Judge’ Oliver Moore (Guildhall). Delegates were left shaking in their boots as they learned the full extent of explanation and justification expected at a CMC in order to justify a of costs budget; as well as an appreciation for more mundane elements!

The day ended with food and drinks in the hotel’s Jazz Bar and the feedback suggests an informative and enjoyable day was had by all.

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