Costs News

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

02 December 2020

High Court recommends 35% inflation uplift in guideline hourly rates pending review

The guideline hourly rates should at least be increased to take account of inflation while they are being reviewed, meaning an increase of 35%, the High Court ruled this week. His Honour Judge Hodge QC, sitting as a High Court judge in Manc... view

02 December 2020

Law firm is “not a charity” and should not have to offer credit to mother in child dispute

A High Court judge has ordered the multi-millionaire father of a child at the centre of a dispute with the mother to pay the incurred costs of her current, but not former, lawyers. Mr Justice Cobb said the mother’s present solicitors... view

02 December 2020

News in brief - 03.12.2020

LSB highlights diversity of Costs Lawyer profession The Legal Services Board (LSB) has highlighted diversity in the Costs Lawyer community as one of the successes in building a diverse and inclusive profession. In a report, State of Le... view

26 November 2020

News in brief - 26.11.2020

Take the ACL’s survey of Costs Lawyers There is still time to take the survey the ACL is carrying out to gauge members’ views about a range of issues. The results will appear in the Costs Lawyer magazine/weekly eBulletin, and ma... view

26 November 2020

Lacuna identified in criminal legal aid rules for civil committal proceedings

A circuit judge has identified a lacuna in the legal aid rules that means impecunious parties receiving criminal legal aid but facing costs orders for civil committal proceedings are not protected, unlike those in the criminal courts and legally... view