Court criticises party for ‘completely unrealistic’ view of other side’s costs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 19th, 2017 in budgets, case management, costs, news, proportionality by tracey

‘A High Court judge has accused costs lawyers of “abuse of the cost budgeting process” following an “unjustifiably low” estimate of the other side’s costs.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th May 2017

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Low-Budget Litigation – Not Necessarily A Good Thing – Parties Should Not Treat Costs Budgeting As Some Sort of Game – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 16th, 2017 in budgets, civil justice, costs, news, solicitors by sally

‘It is far from unknown, in my own experience of costs management hearings, for a party which does not expect to recover any costs (for example, a defendant in a case where liability has been admitted) to serve a very low costs budget.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 16th May 2017

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“This is not a game” – High Court warns party that countered claimant’s budget with very low figures – Litigation Futures

Posted May 16th, 2017 in budgets, case management, costs, news by sally

‘A defendant who offered very low sums in their budget discussion report in the hope that the court may compromise in the middle of the polarised figures put forward by the two sides is guilty of “an abuse of the cost budgeting process”, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2017

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Cost of Legal Ombudsman to rise for first time as unpaid case fees cause problems – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman’s (LeO) budget is set to rise for the first time since its creation – by £1m – with claims management companies not paying the case fees they have been charged the key cause and more expected to follow as they continue to go out of business.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2017

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Government given 21 days to explain climate change failures or face legal action – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, climate change, delay, energy, government departments, news, pollution by sally

‘Environmental lawyers at campaign group ClientEarth set deadline amid concern over repeated delays to publication of Government’s key plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2017

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Competition tribunal rejects bid to throw out first opt-out class action application – Litigation Futures

‘The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has rejected strenuous attempts to dismiss the first application to certify an opt-out class action under the new collective proceedings procedure.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th April 2017

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Merrix v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust – Litigation Futures

Posted March 24th, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘The issue of costs budgets continues to occupy court time with The Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE the latest, and most senior, judge to give consideration to what, if any, weight an approved costs budget had when the bill of costs was the subject of a detailed assessment.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd March 2017

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Budgeting uncertainty set to roll on until Merrix appeal – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2017 in appeals, budgets, costs, news, reasons, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘The fall-out is continuing from the recent High Court decision that budgets bind the parties at detailed assessment unless there is good reason not to, although it seems clear that parties are waiting for a definitive ruling from the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017

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Trial judges should not “trammel” costs judges’ jurisdiction when parties go over budget – Litigation Futures

Posted March 15th, 2017 in budgets, costs, dilapidations, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘A deputy High Court judge has refused to provide a receiving party with an “indication” of whether it acted reasonably in exceeding its costs budget, saying trial judges should “not seek to trammel the costs judge’s jurisdiction” unless there are specific issues they want to raise.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th March 2017

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing: March 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted March 14th, 2017 in budgets, news, taxation by tracey

‘Suzanne Cobourne of Creaseys Chartered Accountants and tax advisers explains the Budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 8th March 2017

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Budget 2017: Chancellor plays safe & avoids an omnishambles – New Law Journal

Posted March 10th, 2017 in budgets, news, taxation by sally

‘Peter Vaines shares his views on Phillip Hammond’s first & last spring budget.’

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New Law Journal, 9th March 2017

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Jackson: solicitors tell me costs budgeting is working – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2017 in budgets, consultations, costs, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has said large numbers of respondents have answered his call for evidence on the extension of fixed recoverable costs.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2017

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Judge calls for ‘procedural co-ordination’ in development of legal costs law – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘It will be important for judges to take a co-ordinated approach as the case law around legal costs and cost budgeting develops, a High Court judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd March 2017

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The Importance of Costs Budgets – Merrix v Heart of England NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 346 (QB) – Zenith PI Blog

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘The Appellant had succeeded against the Respondent in a clinical negligence claim but when the matter came before District Judge Lumb for a detailed assessment of her costs, he was asked to determine as a preliminary issues whether his discretion on costs was fettered by the cots budgeting regime. The case had settled in advance of the trial with the inevitable consequence that the Appellant’s costs were significantly less than those which had been budgeted for and approved pursuant to a previous costs management order made under CPR 3.15(2).’

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Zenith PI Blog, 1st March 2017

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County council defends High Court challenge to cut to personal budget – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, carers, disabled persons, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A county council has defended a High Court challenge to its decisions to reduce a severely disabled man’s personal budget and revise his care and support plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2017

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Civil procedure update: new rules – make sure you know what’s coming! – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 28th, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, sanctions, trials by tracey

‘On 3rd February 2017 the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 were made. The majority of these rules will come into force on 6th April 2017.’

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Zenith PI, 28th February 2017

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High Court: costs budget DOES trump detailed assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted February 27th, 2017 in appeals, budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, judgments, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘An approved or agreed budget will bind the parties at detailed assessment unless there is good reason not to, the High Court has ruled in a decision that is almost certain to go to the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2017

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EU referendum campaign spending probed – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, disclosure, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2017

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Solicitors unite to oppose fee cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘The criminal defence community cannot absorb any more legal aid fee cuts, the Law Society and practitioner groups have told the government, which this week suggested that it will press ahead with controversial proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2017

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Jackson watch: fixed recoverable costs review – New Law Journal

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in budgets, costs, damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, proportionality by sally

‘David Pilling records the contributions & discussion points from Jackson LJ’s Manchester roadshow.’

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New Law Journal, 21st February 2017

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