Costs News

A place for members and the public alike to discover what's going on in the industry.

11 October 2018

Court of Protection hits out at “astronomical” costs to determine straightforward issue

The Court of Protection has hit out at the “astronomical” costs incurred by both sides of what should have been a straightforward investigation into whether a protected person’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit was bei... view

11 October 2018

High Court departs from normal costs order over unreasonable conduct

A High Court judge has sought to explain in detail how she arrived at her decision to cut by 15% the costs payable after a successful clinical negligence claim. In Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (Costs) [2018] EWHC 2491 (QB), Mrs Just... view

11 October 2018

Sealed order is no bar to later application for interim payment, says High Court

A receiving party can still apply for an interim payment on account of costs even if the order for costs has been made, drawn up and sealed, the High Court has ruled. Culliford and Anor v Thorpe [2018] EWHC 2532 (Ch) was a claim for possess... view

04 October 2018

Bacon: Lack of guidance on proportionality test five years on is “unacceptable”

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. Nick Bacon QC (pictured) of 4 New Square was speaking in the w... view

04 October 2018

Judges cannot order solicitors to hand over documents they own to former clients

Judges do not have power to order a solicitor to give a former client copies of documents which are the property of the solicitor, the High Court has ruled. However, Mr Justice Soole cautioned that solicitors should not always “press... view