Costs News

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13 June 2019

Fixed costs extension must come with procedural and technological reform, says ACL

The ACL is “generally supportive” of fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in appropriate cases, but this must be supported by significant procedural and technological reforms, it has told the government. But it expressed a “profo... view

13 June 2019

Master’s failure to make proportionality deduction “a clear error of law”

The first High Court judge to give guidance on applying the proportionality test has overturned a costs master’s ruling and slashed the costs he allowed by more than two-thirds – although this was in part because the master allowed m... view

13 June 2019

News in brief - 13.06.2019

Have your say The ACL is carrying out its regular survey of members’ views on the state of the market and other key issues. If you did not fill it out at last week’s London conference, we would be grateful if you could spend fiv... view

06 June 2019

Be transparent with clients about your own costs, regulator tells Costs Lawyers

The Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB) has issued guidance on the transparency Costs Lawyers should display in relation to their own costs. The guidance, which only applies where they are acting for individuals or small businesses, applies... view

06 June 2019

Court upholds master’s refusal to consider generalised points of dispute

The Senior Costs Judge was entitled to refuse to assess part of a law firm’s profit costs in a section 70 detailed assessment on the basis that the client’s points of dispute did not contain enough detail, the Court of Appeal has rul... view