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27 February 2020

CJC calls for ‘vulnerability’ addition to proportionality rule

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has called for an amendment of the definition of proportionality in CPR 44.3(5) to include additional work and expense generated by the involvement of vulnerable parties and witnesses. It also argued for judg... view

27 February 2020

High Court exercises discretion not to order set-off in QOCS case

The court has power to order a set-off against costs where qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) applies, a High Court judge has ruled, but decided to exercise his discretion not to do so in the case before him. Faulkner v Secretary of St... view

27 February 2020

News in brief - 27.02.2020

CLSB consults on changes to practising rules The Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB) is consulting on changes to the practising rules, which were last amended in 2014. Published this week, with a closing date of 15 March, the consultat... view

20 February 2020

Points of dispute must “determine precisely what is in dispute and why”

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision by the Senior Costs Judge to dismiss overly generalised points of dispute (PoDs), laying out clear guidance about the need for them to help the parties and court “determine precisely what is in dis... view

19 February 2020

CFA without ATE invalid because obtaining cover was condition precedent

A conditional fee agreement (CFA) that made obtaining after-the-event (ATE) insurance a condition precedent was invalid because the solicitor and client failed to do so, a costs judge has ruled. Deputy Master Friston (pictured) also critici... view