Costs News

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18 November 2021

CJC proposes summary costs procedure for cases settled in pre-action protocols

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has suggested introducing a summary costs procedure for costs liability and quantum disputes for cases that are resolved at a pre-action protocol (PAP) stage. It said the procedure would be independent of par... view

18 November 2021

Solicitors can be cross-examined as part of wasted costs applications, says CA

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to order the cross-examination of a solicitor facing a wasted costs order but said the step can be justified in exceptional circumstances. Lord Justice Newey said it was clear from CPR 32.7 that... view

18 November 2021

Case that exited portal was sufficiently exceptional to order non-fixed costs

A judge has allowed a claimant’s solicitors to seek costs on the standard basis after the personal injury claim they were handling settled outside the RTA portal but before allocation to the multi-track. But Deputy District Judge Ayre... view

11 November 2021

Government retains choice for who assesses civil legal aid claims – for 12 months

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has decided to maintain the hybrid system for court-assessed civil legal aid claims – giving lawyers the choice of whether to go to the Senior Courts Costs Office or the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) – until No... view

11 November 2021

High Court overturns ruling allowing party that failed to submit budget to recover costs

A judge was wrong to exercise his general discretion in favour of claimants who defeated a counterclaim without submitting a budget to recover their costs, the High Court has ruled. Bhat and Anor v Patel and Anor [2021] EWHC 2960 (Ch) follo... view