Costs News

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10 January 2018

Master James becomes latest SCCO judge to refuse application for complete client file

Master James has become the latest judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) to refuse an application by a former client to obtain parts of a law firm’s file over which the solicitor has proprietary rights. It follows the decisio... view

10 January 2018

Proportionality test “not a blunt instrument” to slash costs, says judge in May appeal

The new proportionality test is not “a blunt instrument” that a judge can use to make a substantial reduction in the reasonable costs and bring them down to a “rough and ready but proportionate amount”, a circuit judge ha... view

10 January 2018

Revision applications should use date of last budget as ‘base reference point’

Where an application to revise a costs budget is made, the date of the last agreed or approved budget is to be used as the ‘base reference point’, the chief Chancery master has ruled. Master Marsh said that costs which have been... view

20 December 2017

Part 36 indemnity costs do not remove provisional assessment cap, says CA

The ACL has called on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to review this week’s ruling of the Court of Appeal that an award of indemnity costs after beating a part 36 offer in a provisional assessment does not remove the £1,500 costs... view

20 December 2017

Costs judge rejects ex-clients’ bid for copies of documents that belong to firm

A costs judge has refused an application by a law firm’s former clients for copies of documents that belonged to the firm so that they could bring a Solicitors Act assessment, finding that the claimant was not entitled, as of right, to rec... view