Costs News

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05 December 2019

100% success fee bid for Iraq War mistreatment cases fails

The law firm acting for Iraqi civilians who successfully claimed that they had been mistreated by British troops has failed in a bid to have the 100% success fee for the test cases applied to all the other cases stayed pending their determinatio... view

05 December 2019

Call for pre-assessment protocol requiring costs summary before full bill

A pre-assessment protocol for costs – which would require the receiving party to serve a costs summary – could help reduce the costs of the process, a new report has suggested. It also called on Costs Lawyers to exploit the poss... view

05 December 2019

Law firm sees fees claim slashed after failing to provide estimate

A law firm that failed to give its client an estimate has been limited to the costs he expected to pay – around a third of what it billed. The defendant alternative business structure in Dunbar v Virgo Consultancy Services Ltd [2019]... view

27 November 2019

£1m costs to fight strike-out application “will be found disproportionate”

“Eye-watering” costs of more than £1m to defeat a strike-out application will be found disproportionate or unreasonable, a High Court judge has ruled in ordering an interim payment on account of costs. In BTI 2014 LLC... view

27 November 2019

Claims under contentious business agreements should be made under part 8

A claim for payment of solicitors' fees said to be due under a contentious business agreement (CBA) should be brought under part 8 and a conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be a CBA, the High Court has ruled. However, Kelyn Bacon QC, sittin... view