Costs News

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21 March 2018

CA upholds refusal to grant relief to claimant who failed to notify defendant of funding

The claimant in a pre-April 2013 case who failed to notify the defendant about his conditional fee agreement (CFA) and after-the-event (ATE) insurance within seven days has lost a second appeal against a refusal of relief from sanction. In... view

21 March 2018

Obituary: Philip Reader

It is with great sadness that I must report to members that Philip Reader (pictured), Costs Lawyer at Carter-Ruck, passed away peacefully on Sunday 11 March, following a long illness, writes Andy Ellis. I first met Philip when he worked at... view

21 March 2018

Pre-LASPO switches from legal aid to CFAs “not reasonable”, Court of Appeal rules

National law firm Irwin Mitchell did not act reasonably in switching clients from legal aid to conditional fee agreements (CFAs) ahead of the introduction of LASPO, the Court of Appeal ruled last week. NHS Resolution said the decision to ov... view

15 March 2018

News in brief - 15.03.2018

Beware of bogus ACL email The ACL is aware that some members have received emails purportedly from the ACL about an ‘invoice’. The sender address is clearly not genuine and the recipient is asked to click on a link to access the... view

15 March 2018

Budgeted costs “unaffected” by cut in hourly rates for incurred costs

A reduction in hourly rates of incurred costs is not a good reason to do the same for hourly rates in the budget, a costs judge has ruled. The latest in a series of judgments on the issue, Master Nagalingam ruled that “hourly rates ho... view