High Court backs claimant who issued just to recover costs – Litigation Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in abuse of process, civil procedure rules, costs, negligence, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘A claimant was entitled to issue his claim solely in pursuit of costs where the defendant “acted unfairly” by trying to settle pre-action but refusing to pay any costs, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st November 2018

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Robot judges less likely than AI-assisted judges, QC predicts – Legal Futures

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to be used to lower the cost and increase the speed of judicial decisions, a QC specialising in IT and algorithms has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

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Impecunious credit hire claimants ordered to provide pre-action disclosure – Litigation Futures

‘Impecunious road traffic accident claimants who benefit from the rule allowing them to claim full credit hire costs must provide pre-action disclosure of financial records, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd October 2018

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Claimants who discontinued huge case during trial ordered to pay indemnity costs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 19th, 2018 in bankruptcy, civil procedure rules, costs, debts, indemnities, insolvency, news by sally

‘Claimants who discontinued their case four days into a six-week trial have been ordered to pay the defendants’ costs on the indemnity basis because their conduct took it ‘out of the norm’.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th October 2018

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Partial relief from sanction for claimant who submitted partial budget – Litigation Futures

‘A claimant who submitted a budget that did not include figures for trial preparation or trial has won relief from a decision that limited the entire budget to court fees only – but only for those parts of the budget that were completed.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2018

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​Allen v Brethertons LLP (2018)- You’ve got to send a bill of costs to your client, even in fixed costs cases – Zenith PI

Posted October 15th, 2018 in accidents, costs, damages, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘This is a recent decision of the Senior Courts Costs Office which deals with the need for solicitors to provide their clients with a bill of costs, even in fixed costs case where the solicitors were instructed on the basis of a CFA and where costs were recovered from the other side.’

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Zenith PI, 9th October 2018

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Judge who disparaged one party’s counsel “did not give appearance of bias” – Litigation Futures

‘A judge who was “snide” and disparaging to counsel for one of the parties before her did nonetheless not give the appearance of bias, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th October 2018

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Bereaved family say they need £50,000 to pay for legal representation at inquest – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2018 in bereavement, costs, fees, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

‘The parents of a vulnerable student who took her own life at a university where there has been a series of deaths have spoken of the difficulty of ensuring there is a fair and transparent investigation because they are struggling to match the legal firepower of other parties involved.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Doing the same thing all over again – Nearly Legal

‘A county court appeal arising out of a set of proceedings starting with a disrepair claim by a private sector tenant, which raises issues of service and when second proceedings are an abuse of process. Our thanks to Hardwicke Chambers for making the judgment available.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th October 2018

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ISSUE-BASED COSTS ORDER? Departing from the usual rule in r.44.2 CPR – Zenith PI

Posted October 9th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, health, negligence, news by tracey

‘In Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust [2018] EWHC 2491 QB, Mrs Justice Yip DBE considered whether it was reasonable to depart from the usual rule in r.44.2 that the winner recovers their costs in full. This is a useful example of how a Court approached the principle of costs when the overall winning party was unsuccessful on a particular issue.’

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Zenith PI, 8th October 2018

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Top costs QC: Unacceptable that proportionality test is still not clear – Litigation Futures

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, costs, news, proportionality by tracey

‘It is “unacceptable” that there is still no guidance on the proportionality test more than five years after it came into force, a leading costs silk has argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th October 2018

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Multiple defendants, discontinuance and QOCS – Zenith PI

Posted September 27th, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘Cartwright v Venduct Engineering Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1654. When a claimant with the benefit of QOCS protection discontinues a claim there should be no enforceable costs order against them unless there has been fundamental dishonesty in bringing the claim. But what is the position in a case of multiple defendants where the same claimant is eventually successful in obtaining damages from another defendant to the action?’

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Zenith PI, 26th September 2018

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£7m win for Chinese company in first ‘persons unknown’ freezing order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 27th, 2018 in computer crime, costs, damages, freezing injunctions, news by tracey

‘The High Court has awarded the UK arm of natural resources company China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) £7m, in a case in which a worldwide freezing injunction against “persons unknown” was approved for the first time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2018

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Council criticised over decision on care home costs and deprivation of capital – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 25th, 2018 in care homes, costs, local government, news by sally

‘A council failed to take into consideration all relevant facts when deciding that an elderly couple had deliberately deprived themselves of capital in order to reduce the husband’s care costs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, September 2018

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Disciplined solicitor blames failings on legal aid cuts – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2018 in costs, disciplinary procedures, expert witnesses, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A criminal sole practitioner has been fined for offences including failure to distribute legal aid payments for professional disbursements, which he blamed on having laid off a manager after the firm suffered from government cutbacks.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2018

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Defendant lawyer hits out at £730k costs claim for £13k holiday sickness case – Litigation Futures

Posted September 25th, 2018 in costs, holidays, news by sally

‘A senior defendant lawyer has hit out at solicitors who claimed £730,000 in costs for a “straightforward” holiday sickness claim in a case with damages of only £13,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th September 2018

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Arbitration clause “trumps” Part 8 application to overturn adjudicator’s decision – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted September 20th, 2018 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, costs, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘When I was a kid, Top Trumps were all the rage. I know from my own boys that they still are. Back then, it was all about whether you had the fastest car or the most popular footballer (even Star Wars characters featured, but how did you decide if Hans Solo was better than Princess Leia?). Now, just about every topic is covered by a set of cards.
I mention this because a recent TCC judgment demonstrates that the arbitration clause in the JCT standard building contract can “trump” a Part 8 application for declaratory relief, with the court granting a stay of those Part 8 proceedings.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 18th September 2018

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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal over ‘dishonest’ costs claims – Litigation Futures

Posted September 20th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has refused permission for a third appeal by a Leeds law firm against a ruling that it submitted ‘dishonest’ costs claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th September 2018

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Civil Procedure Discontinuance, QOCA and Fundamental Dishonesty – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 19th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, costs, fraud, insurance, news by sally

‘The claimant discontinued a claim. The defendants alleged that the claim was dishonest and asked the court to determine the issue of fundamental dishonesty so the defendants could enforce their entitlement to costs.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 18th September 2018

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Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s – Legal Futures

Posted September 18th, 2018 in costs, divorce, financial provision, law firms, news by sally

‘The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2018

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