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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High Court refuses to strike-out claim against Saudi prince over unpaid interim costs order – Litigation Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in agreements, costs, news, sale of land, Saudi Arabia, striking out by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused to strike-out a claim by a woman who failed to comply with a Court of Appeal order to pay £250,000 in interim costs, on the grounds that it would breach her rights to a fair trial.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd March 2017

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Environment groups fear cost rules may deter vital court challenges – The Guardian

‘Legal challenges to government air pollution standards or to the expansion of Heathrow airport have become too risky financially to pursue under new court regulations, environmental groups are warning.’

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The Guardian, 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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Southwark council fined £570,000 over fatal tower block fire – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2017 in costs, fines, fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘The London fire brigade has said it hopes “lessons are learned” after a council was fined £570,000 over safety failings at a 14-storey block of flats where six people died in a fire.’

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The Guardian, 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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HRA Claims and Concurrent Care Proceedings: Third Party Costs Orders, Statutory Charge Guidance and an Invitation to the Lord Chancellor – Family Law Week

‘Ben Mansfield, barrister of The 36 Group, examines the judgment of Mr Justice Keehan in H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam).’

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Family Law Week, 23rd February 2017

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Case of conflicting CPR provisions “highlight concerns over fixed costs extension” – Litigation Futures

‘A recent ruling caused by “shoddy” drafting of the CPR highlights the importance of any extension of fixed costs being accompanied by “a well-drafted and fully integrated set of procedural rules”, a costs specialist has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2017

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A Final Costs Order is Just That – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘CPR r.3.1(7) gives the court a general power to vary or revoke an order, but does this extend to a final order?’

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Zenith PI Blog, 23rd February 2017

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Rise of third party funding: a growing international consensus – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in arbitration, costs, foreign jurisdictions, international law, news, third parties by sally

‘Whatever your opinion on the ethical implications of third party funding in international arbitration, the past six months have seen two firm nods in its favour. These have signaled that, as a method of financing arbitration, it is here to stay.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th January 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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Costs judge issues strong proportionality warning over need to plan cases – Litigation Futures

‘A costs judge has emphasised the need for solicitors to plan their litigation so as to ensure that their costs are proportionate, after slashing a £72,000 bill for a low-value clinical negligence case by two-thirds.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Confidentiality, Costs and Mediation – Garden Court Chambers

‘That mediation proceedings are confidential is taken as axiomatic. What is said and done in the course of a mediation remains there. The same goes for documents of whatever kind, and their contents, created for the purposes of the mediation. In the above case Master Howarth appears to have qualified these propositions to some extent.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 31st January 2017

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Getting to grips with proportionality and additional liabilities – Litigation Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in costs, news, practice directions, proportionality by sally

‘Before the Jackson reforms, the relationship between proportionality and additional liabilities was clearly defined. Section 11 of the Costs Practice Direction in force before 1 April 2013 provided:

“11.5 In deciding whether the costs claimed are reasonable and (on a standard basis assessment) proportionate, the court will consider the amount of any additional liability separately from the base costs…

“11.9 A percentage increase will not be reduced simply on the ground that, when added to base costs, which are reasonable and (where relevant) proportionate, the total appears disproportionate.”’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Health and safety: Do higher fines and tougher enforcement make for more appeals? – OUT-LAW.com

‘The introduction of the Definitive Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences in February 2016 has resulted in a huge shift in the punishment of safety offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st February 2017

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Whole of split bill, less additional liabilities, subject to proportionality test, rules regional costs judge – Litigation Futures

Posted February 21st, 2017 in budgets, costs, news, proportionality by sally

‘A court faced with a bill of costs that straddles the Jackson reforms should consider both the pre and post April 2013 costs when deciding whether it is proportionate, but ignore any additional liabilities, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th February 2017

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Family judge condemns 2,000-page bundle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A family judge has expressed his disapproval at the ‘unwarranted expenditure’ in a case where a local authority breached Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights by taking an infant into care.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2017

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“Irrevocable undertaking” to pay adverse costs not enough to defeat security application – Litigation Futures

Posted February 20th, 2017 in costs, indemnities, insurance, news, undertakings by sally

‘An irrevocable undertaking by a claimant company’s owner to pay adverse costs is not equivalent to after-the-event (ATE) insurance and so not enough to defeat an application for security for costs, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th February 2017

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Newsletter, Winter 2017 – Falcon Chambers

Posted February 17th, 2017 in costs, land registration, leases, mortgages, news, restrictive covenants by sally

Articles include:
Restrictive Covenants and Building Schemes Just Like Buses p.7
Land Registration and the Service of Notices: mind the gap p.10
Forks & Spades; Leases & Licences; Possession & Occupation p.14
Recovering Costs in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) p. 16

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Falcon Chambers, Winter 2017

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Brexit & currency flip-flops in court – New Law Journal

Posted February 17th, 2017 in costs, EC law, news, referendums by sally

‘Francis Kendall considers the impact of the falling pound on costs awards to European litigants.’

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New Law Journal, 16th February 2017

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