Split liability offer did not meet Part 36 requirements – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 17th, 2023 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, holidays, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘A claimant’s 90/10 liability offer went against both the letter and spirit of civil procedure rules on Part 36, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th March 2023

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Appeal notices and the electronic working pilot – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The important procedural question raised in Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited v JJH Enterprises Limited [2022] EWCA Civ 1509 was this: where an appellant’s notice (AN) is filed with the Court of Appeal electronically in accordance with the Electronic Working Pilot Scheme (introduced by PD51O), should the AN be filed by 4.30pm on the last day of the permitted period, or could it be filed at any time up to midnight on that day?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd March 2023

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Costs protection still in place for last-minute discontinuance, rules CoA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2023 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries, striking out by tracey

‘A claimant who discontinued his personal injury case on the morning of trial should still be entitled to costs protection, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2023

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Participation of vulnerable parties in civil litigation: split trials and stays (AXX v. Zajac) – Exchange Chambers

‘AXX (A protected party by his litigation friend XRE) v. Zajac [2022] EWHC 2463 is the first reported case in the High Court (KBD) concerning the ‘new’ CPR Practice Direction 1A which requires the court to take all proportionate measures to address any impediment to a party’s participation in proceedings caused by their ‘vulnerability’. Master McCloud granted an application made on behalf of the Claimant (who was a protected party due to a psychotic condition which had arisen after his accident) for a trial of causation as a preliminary issue on the basis that, if successful at that stage, the Claimant could seek interim funding for treatment to address his psychiatric symptoms and allow him to participate fully in the subsequent quantum trial. The Master also refused an application from the Defendant for an ‘unless’ order (whereby the claim would be stayed unless the Claimant cooperated with examinations to be performed by the Defendant’s instructed medical experts) because of concerns about the Claimant’s capacity to consent to examination. This decision illustrates the important role that PD1A has in shaping case management decisions to protect the interests of parties with vulnerabilities.’

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Exchange Chambers, 22nd December 2022

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Judge warns solicitors over witness statement compliance certificates – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has issued a stark warning to solicitors who sign a certificate of compliance on non-compliant witness statements so their clients can have their day in court.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2023

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Pseudonymous claimant debarred from proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 28th, 2022 in anonymity, civil procedure rules, copyright, costs, cryptocurrencies, internet, news by tracey

‘The operator and publisher of a website is not entitled to participate in court proceedings under the pseudonym “Cøbra” – even with legal representation, the High Court has ruled. In Wright v Persons Unknown, Costs Judge Rowley agreed to bar “Cøbra” from costs proceedings arising from a copyright case unless it identifies itself and provides an address.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2022

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MoJ makes late U-turn on how to extend fixed costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 14th, 2022 in civil procedure rules, costs, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government appears to have significantly altered its plans for implementing the fixed recoverable costs extension just weeks before the rules need to be signed off.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th November 2022

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MoJ makes late U-turn on how to extend fixed costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2022 in civil procedure rules, consultations, costs, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government appears to have significantly altered its plans for implementing the fixed recoverable costs extension just weeks before the rules need to be signed off.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2022

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Rule makers to give ‘early notice’ of fixed costs rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 7th, 2022 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘The final procedural rules for next April’s extension of fixed recoverable costs to civil claims worth up to £100,000 will be made public as soon as possible, Lord Justice Birss said last week.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th November 2022

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Vulnerable parties and civil proceedings – Family Law

Posted October 31st, 2022 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, news, witnesses by tracey

‘The internet is replete with humorous courtroom exchanges – genuine or apocryphal – between hapless lawyers and intelligent, sarcastic witnesses but the reality is that advocates come prepared with plenty of experience and usually know what they are going to ask. In contrast, most parties and witnesses in civil claims have probably never been inside a court and their “preparation” for the experience itself may have involved watching multiple episodes of Kavanagh QC or similar, largely unrealistic, courtroom dramas.’

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Family Law, 28th October 2022

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Losing litigant in mixed claim avoids immediate costs order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 31st, 2022 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A litigant with a mixed claim will not have to pay costs immediately for one part of their claim which has been thrown out already. In Achille v Lawn Tennis Association Services Ltd the Court of Appeal agreed that it was premature for the costs order to be enforced now against claimant Richard Achille. Instead the court should wait until the conclusion of proceedings to decide what costs should follow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th October 2022

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Contracting out of fixed costs in low value personal injury claims – Guildhall Chambers

‘In a low value personal injury claim, what is the proper interpretation of the phrase, “such costs to be the subject of detailed assessment if not agreed”? If the parties have agreed such a provision within a consent order compromising the claim, have they effectively ‘contracted out of’ the fixed costs regime that would otherwise be applicable to an ex-Protocol claim? The Court of Appeal considered these questions in this decision.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 13th October 2022

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High Court ruling a warning to lawyers who ‘shoehorn’ claimants into class actions – OUT-LAW.com

‘Lawyers must take note of a court’s refusal to allow multiple claimants with widely differing claims to use a single claim form, a legal expert has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2022

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Unreasonable refusal to engage with ADR – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In Richards & Anor v Speechly Bircham LLP & Anor (Consequential Matters) [2022] EWHC 1512 (Comm) HHJ Russen QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court) considered, inter alia, the most appropriate costs order to be imposed on the unsuccessful defendant law firm for refusing to consider and engage in mediation. He concluded, wrongly in my view, that a failure to mediate did not justify an order for costs on an indemnity basis.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd July 2022

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What if it is not just my fault? A whistle stop guide to making a contribution claim – Mills & Reeve

‘In principle, a claim can be made against one responsible party for all losses suffered, even when other parties were involved (e.g. a claim against solicitors when a barrister may have also provided advice) but what if a claim is made against you and you aren’t the only one to blame?’

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Mills & Reeve, 26th July 2022

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Court of Appeal rejects defendant’s fixed costs challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 12th, 2022 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘Fixed costs did not apply to a personal injury case which had fallen out of the protocol, the Court of Appeal has asserted. In Doyle v M&D Foundations & Building Services Ltd, Lord Justice Phillips ruled that there was no ambiguity in an agreed court order requiring the defendant to pay costs that were “subject of detailed assessment if not agreed.” ‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th July 2022

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Law firm overturns costs bill misconduct ruling – Legal Futures

‘The rules on misconduct in the CPR do not apply to solicitor/client costs assessments, the High Court has decided in overturning a finding against a Manchester law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2022

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A judge has discretion to grant relief from sanctions without a formal application or any application at all, Court of Appeal reaffirms- Farrar’s Building

‘In Park v Hadi and Another [2022] EWCA Civ 581, the Court of Appeal (Holroyde, Stuart-Smith and Warby LJJ), reaffirmed the principle that a judge may, of her own discretion, grant relief from sanctions without formal notice or without any application at all. The Court went on to issue guidance as to how this judicial discretion ought to be exercised, observing that a judge should always act in accordance with the overriding objective and will likely only exercise her discretion to grant relief sparingly.’

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Farrar's Building, 5th May 2022

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Revision and variation of costs budgets on account of significant developments: Consequences of failing to obtain the court’s approval – Guildhall Chambers

Posted May 19th, 2022 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘Once a Costs Management Order (“CMO”) has been made, parties are required to revise costs budgets if significant developments in the litigation warrant such revisions. If the revised costs budgets are not agreed, the Court’s approval of the variations must be sought by the revising party. The requirements for revisions to costs budgets and approval by the Court were in 3PD Paragraph 7.6 and, following amendments in 2020, are now in CPR 3.15A under the heading “Revision and variation of costs budgets on account of significant developments (‘variation costs’)”.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 2nd May 2022

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The Limits of Applications to Remove Litigation Friends – Shirazi v Susa [2022] EWHC 477 (Ch) – New Square Chambers

‘Jian Jun (JJ) Liew explores the practical implications for applications to remove litigation friends arising from the recent High Court case of Shirazi v Susa [2022] EWHC 477 (Ch).’

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New Square Chambers, 28th March 2022

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