Costs News

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

04 March 2021

Government to change costs rules for private prosecutions

The government is to change the costs rules around private prosecutions, saying that the current arrangements “are inequitable as between prosecutors and defendants, and do not always represent a cost-effective use of public money”. ... view

04 March 2021

News in brief - 04.03.2021

Aarhus Convention costs caps include VAT The caps on the costs paid by litigants in environmental cases covered by the Aarhus Convention include VAT, the Court of Appeal has ruled in Friends of the Earth Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Sec... view

04 March 2021

Test for joining expert witness as defendant for purposes of costs “a high one”

The test for joining an expert witness as a defendant for the purposes of costs is a high one and more demanding than that for making a wasted costs order, a court has ruled. Having sifted through the case law, District Judge Obodai in Manc... view

24 February 2021

Court overturns decision giving solicitors contractual entitlement to indemnity costs

A judge has struck down a clause in a law firm’s retainer that required the client to pay costs on the indemnity basis if she failed to pay her invoice in time. Mr Recorder Cohen QC, sitting in Central London County Court, ruled that... view

24 February 2021

Judge was wrong to strike out points of dispute, Upper Tribunal rules

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) was wrong to strike out points of dispute (PoDs) filed as part of a detailed assessment in response to a failure to comply with an order to make an interim payment, the Upper Tribunal has ruled. Judge Elizabeth... view