Costs News

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17 January 2019

Decision not to order costs over failed police forfeiture action upheld

A district judge was right not to make a costs order against the police after it withdrew an application for forfeiture, the High Court has ruled. It also stopped pursuing a possible wasted costs order against the defendant’s solicito... view

17 January 2019

News in brief - 17.01.2019

LSB approves ban on Costs Lawyers making unsolicited approaches The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the Costs Lawyer Standards Board’s (CLSB) application to change the code of conduct to prohibit Costs Lawyers from making unso... view

17 January 2019

Solicitors “showing signs of progress” in approach to costs budgets, ACL survey finds

Solicitors continue to rack up costs in excess of court-approved budgets but there are signs of improvement, according to the survey of Costs Lawyers. It also showed that judges have generally been keen to get on with using the electronic b... view

09 January 2019

Court can award some but not all of part 36 consequences, judge rules

The court can award some but not all of the consequences of beating a part 36 offer and should assess each against an injustice test, a judge has ruled. In a case where the 10% penalty under rule 36.17(4)(d) was far greater than the ma... view

09 January 2019

High Court slashes 65% success fee over judge’s failure to consider what was at risk

A district judge failed to consider the risks that a claimant solicitor should have taken into account when entering into a conditional fee agreement (CFA) and so was wrong to award a 65% success fee, the High Court has ruled. In NJL v PTE... view