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27 October 2021

Court makes £50,000 costs order against medical expert for “flagrant disregard” of duties

A recorder has made a third-party costs order for just over £50,000 against the claimant’s medical expert in a clinical negligence case. In Robinson v (1) Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and (2) Dr Chris Merci... view

27 October 2021

High Court refuses first application for costs-capping order since 2013

The High Court has refused what is believed to be the first application for a costs-capping order (CCO) since budgeting was introduced in 2013. Mr Justice Cavanagh accepted that capping the costs of women suing the British owners of tea and... view

21 October 2021

Big reduction in bill is reason enough to reduce costs of assessment

Reducing a bill “substantially” on assessment is reason on its own to reduce the costs of the assessment itself, a Senior Courts Costs Office judge has ruled. Costs Judge Brown said there was no need to prove any misconduct or o... view

21 October 2021

Legal Services Board approves 2% increase in practising fee for Costs Lawyers

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the Costs Lawyer Standards Board’s (CLSB) application for a 2% increase in the 2022 practising certificate fee (PCF) from £275 to £281. The CLSB projects total PCF income for 202... view

21 October 2021

Success fee is recoverable as part of award under Inheritance Act

The success fee element of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be recovered as part of an award under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Moore Barlow, the solicitors for the clai... view