Costs News

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

18 January 2018

Costs judge rejects challenge to late decision to change from DBA to CFA

A costs judge has rejected a challenge to a decision by claimants to change their funding from a damages-based agreement (DBA) to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) shortly before trial, as a result of which they have more than doubled their cost... view

18 January 2018

News in brief - 18.01.2018

Marven joins ranks of costs silks Well-known costs barrister Robert Marven of 4 New Square was appointed a QC in the silk round announced just before Christmas. Also on the list was Nicola Rushton of Hailsham Chambers, who has for many year... view

18 January 2018

Tribunal unhappy with “unreasonable and disproportionate” £1.2m costs claim

The costs incurred by Mastercard in defending an attempt to bring one of the largest class actions ever appear “wholly unreasonable and disproportionate”, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has found.  The credit card co... view

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