Litigation funding options: The importance of a comprehensive checklist – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 27th, 2014 in appeals, compensation, costs, law firms, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The judgment of Mr Justice Hickinbottom in Clarke v McDaniel & Co (15 October 2014, unreported) provided a salutary reminder to litigation solicitors of the need to ensure that in their initial discussion with a potential client they advise and explore with the client other sources of funding litigation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2014

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QOCS “does not apply” to appeals in PI cases started pre-LASPO – Litigation Futures

Posted November 24th, 2014 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) does not apply on appeal if it did not apply at first instance, Master Haworth has ruled in the Senior Court Costs Office.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th November 2014

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Article 6 – the Right to a fair trial – and discrimination in the Armed Forces – Cloisters

‘At a time when the UK’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (“ECHR”) and our domestic Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) is a hot political topic, it is timely that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has handed down a judgment considering Article 6 ECHR in relation to special time limit provisions for discrimination complaints brought by those in the Armed Forces: Duncan v Ministry of Defence.’

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Cloisters, 23rd October 2014

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High Court slashes Google trial budget but says it’s too late for costs capping – Litigation Futures

Posted November 18th, 2014 in budgets, costs, internet, news, trials by sally

‘The High Court has refused to make a costs-capping order in a case against Google because the case was so close to trial and so much had already been spent at a level which made detailed assessment inevitable.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th November 2014

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Blowing the budget – New Law Journal

Posted November 18th, 2014 in budgets, case management, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘Richard Harrison argues that the present structure of case and costs management is misconceived.’

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New Law Journal, 12th November 2014

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Multiple Defendants: Who to sue? – Cloisters

Posted November 18th, 2014 in causation, costs, joint liability, news, prosecutions, vicarious liability by sally

‘Claims involving multiple defendants are often complex in terms of the facts, the law and the expert medical evidence. They are claims that we all have some experience of, and the issues involved have no doubt troubled us all to a greater or lesser degree at times.’

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Cloisters, 3rd October 2014

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Civil procedure: conduct and costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 18th, 2014 in arbitration, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘When the court comes to consider costs and to exercise its discretion under Civil Procedure Rule 44.2, it has regard to all the circumstances, including the conduct of the parties before as well as during the proceedings (CPR 44.2 (4) and (5)).’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th November 2014

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Warring couples spend half a million pounds in legal fight over ‘muddy ditch’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 18th, 2014 in costs, news, rights of way by sally

‘Married couples spend £500,000 on venomous neighbours’ dispute about “thin strip” of drainage ditch alongside path dividing Cheshire country homes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2014

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Litigation Funding And Third-Party Costs Orders: A Practical View From The Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 17th, 2014 in costs, indemnities, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith considers the effects and scope of the recent decision in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc and others (Rev 2) [2014] EWHC 3436 (Comm) to make litigation funders liable for third party costs orders.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th November 2014

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Legal Services Payment Orders and Maintenance Pending Suit – No. 5 Chambers

‘Anne Smallwood, family law barrister at No5 Chambers, recently gave a talk titled ‘Section 22 Z A – Getting Paid And M.P.S’ at the Family Money Talks Seminar 2014.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th October 2014

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Daily Mail faces £3m bill after libel battle with businessman Andy Miller – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2014 in appeals, costs, damages, defamation, media, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Daily Mail faces a potential legal bill that could be as high as £3m, believed to be among the highest since controversial no-win, no-fee agreements were introduced, after libelling a businessman.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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Barristers disbarred for repeatedly refusing to pay tribunal fines – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2014 in barristers, costs, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, fines, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Two barristers have been disbarred for repeatedly refusing to pay a total of almost £12,000 between them in fines and costs.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Couple rack up legal bills of nearly £1m fighting divorce battle (over assets worth just £2.9m) – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2014 in costs, divorce, news, trials by tracey

‘A businessman and his estranged wife ran up legal bills of more than £900,000 while fighting over assets worth less than £2.9 million, a High Court judge heard. Mr Justice Mostyn said the couple had spent nearly a third of everything they had built up over 18 years funding litigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2014

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Powerboater injured in crash awarded £5.5m damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 12th, 2014 in costs, damages, news, personal injuries, rehabilitation, sport by tracey

‘A talented young powerboater who suffered catastrophic head injuries when two boats collided during a race has been awarded £5.5 million High Court damages.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2014

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Dr Daniel Ubani wins costs from Cambridgeshire victim’s son – BBC News

‘A man whose father was killed by a lethal overdose from a doctor said he feels “physically sick” at the idea of paying the physician’s legal costs.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Dropped Pringles lid costs Bristol man almost £500 – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2014 in costs, fines, litter, news, penalties by sally

‘A man has been ordered to pay almost £500 in fines and costs for dropping a snack lid on the ground in Bristol.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Sperm deal children ‘irredeemably marred’ by four-parent feud – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge warns of trauma ‘unleashed’ by fallout from ‘known-donor fertilisation’ arrangement between former friends.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2014

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Bar Standards Board left with £100,000 bill after QASA costs ruling – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, costs, news, public interest, quality assurance, trials by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is facing a bill for over £100,000 after the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no need for it to be separately represented at the hearing of the judicial review against the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2014

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Senior Costs Judge: bids for adjournments based on Coventry receiving “short shrift” – Litigation Futures

Posted October 30th, 2014 in adjournment, costs, judges, news by sally

‘Applications for adjournments of costs assessment until the Supreme Court’s decision in Coventry v Lawrence are rightly being given “short shrift”, the Senior Costs Judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2014

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Chris Huhne loses legal costs appeal – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2014 in appeals, costs, news, perverting the course of justice, road traffic offences by sally

‘Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has lost a challenge against an order that he must pay £77,750 costs from his prosecution for passing speeding points to his ex-wife.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2014

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