Costs News

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

21 April 2016

Part 36 costs should be paid in full “unless unjust”

Claimants who beat part 36 offers should receive all of the costs due to them unless such an order is unjust, the Court of Appeal has ruled. In doing so, it distinguished the previous authority of Kastor Navigation Co Ltd v Axa Global Risks... view

14 April 2016

Relief granted over late filing of costs budget

A circuit judge has overturned a refusal to grant relief from sanction where a costs budget was served a week late, saying it was not a “serious and significant” breach. The district judge had restricted the claimant in Murray v... view

14 April 2016

Tribunal “wrong” to investigate in-house solicitor’s overheads

The First-tier Tribunal was wrong to launch an investigation into the overheads of an in-house solicitor in dealing with a series of leases when determining what legal costs the leaseholders should pay, the Upper Tribunal has ruled. In Side... view

07 April 2016

Budgeting changes come into force

The amended costs management rules came into force on Tuesday with questions about the revised Precedent H and guidance notes that have been published alongside them. The key changes are: · Only the first page of Precedent... view

07 April 2016

Compulsory use CCMS goes live

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) last week rejected the profession’s calls for a delay in the compulsory use of its controversial Client and Costs Management System (CCMS), meaning the new regime started for all on 1 April. Under transition... view