All you need is the bare minimum – The Times

Posted July 3rd, 2007 in costs, fees, legal profession by sally

“A response to Sir Hugh Laddie’s recently published article, ‘Why does it cost so much to go to court?’ ”

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The Times, 3rd July 2007


Related: A legal system we can’t afford

Costly business – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in costs, solicitors, special report by sally

“William Gibson pores over the finer details of the rules on costs in the new Solicitors Code of Conduct.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st June 2007


LSC to be responsible for withdrawing lawyers causing unnecessary trail delays – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 8th, 2007 in costs, delay, legal aid, legal profession, news by sally

“Plans for judges to sack lawyers who cause unnecessary delays in very high-cost cases (VHCCs) have been revised following concerns raised by the Law Society and the Bar Council.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th June 2007


A legal system we can’t afford – The Times

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in costs, news by sally

“Litigation in England costs between three and ten times more than similar cases in Germany and the Netherlands.”

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The Times, 22nd May 2007



Miners’ firms strike back at DTI over £2.4bn costs – The Lawyer

Posted May 15th, 2007 in costs, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“The under-fire law firms representing sick miners in the British Coal compensation fiasco have accused the Government of hypocrisy after its costs topped £2bn.”

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The Lawyer, 15th May 2007


Lamont v. Burton – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2007 in costs, law reports by sally

Lamont v. Burton [2007] EWCA Civ 429

“In a road traffic accident claim the claimant’s solicitors, operating under a conditional fee agreement providing for a success fee, were entitled to a 100 per cent success fee under CPR Pt 45 where the claimant had won at trial, even though he failed to exceed an earlier payment into court. There was no discretion to award a lesser increase.”

WLR Daily, 9th May 2007 


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judge attacks ‘time-wasting’ bank – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2007 in banking, costs, news by sally

“A judge has ordered Lloyds TSB to pay the costs of a customer who sued for the return of overdraft fees, because the bank had wasted the court’s time.” 

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BBC News, 27th April 2007


‘Grotesque’ £1.5m divorce costs – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2007 in costs, divorce, news by sally

“A judge has criticised the ‘grotesque waste of family resources’ by a couple who have spent £1.5m in lawyers’ fees on their divorce battle.” 

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BBC News, 20th April 2007


Part 46 of the Civil Procedure Rules: fast track trial costs – Department for Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 3rd, 2007 in consultations, costs by sally

“This consultation paper makes proposals in relation to Part 46 of the Civil Procedure Rules, which deals with fast track trial costs. The paper proposes that these costs should be increased to take account of the rise in inflation since they were first introduced in April 1999.”

Part 46 of the Civil Procedure Rules: fast track trial costs CO(L) 06/07, 3rd April 2007


Civil Court Fees Consultation – Department of Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 2nd, 2007 in consultations, costs by sally

“The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on proposals to:

  • introduce a revised exemption and remission system following the Access to Justice Review
  • re-balance the fee structure to achieve a much closer match between income and cost drivers within the system”.

Civil Court Fees Consultation CP 05/07, 2nd April 2007