Costs News

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

07 April 2016

Supreme Court costs payable before end of case

The costs of preliminary matters that reach the Supreme Court should be assessed at once and not wait for the outcome of the case as a whole, the High Court has ruled. There had been preliminary issues in Khaira & Ors v Shergill & O... view

24 March 2016

High Court rules £5m budget for £7m claim disproportionate

A High Court judge has noted the lack of guidance from the case law to date on the application of proportionality to costs budgets as he ruled that a £5m budget for a claim worth just over £7m was disproportionate. Mr Justice Mo... view

24 March 2016

Law firm too hasty in switching from legal aid to CFA

A law firm was too hasty in switching a birth injuries case from legal aid to a conditional fee agreement, meaning more than £200,000 in additional liabilities were not recoverable, Master Leonard has ruled. However, it is not a rulin... view

24 March 2016

News in brief 24th March 2016

CCMS delay call Family lawyers group Resolution has urged the Legal Aid Agency to delay the compulsory use of the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS), which is due to take effect from 1 April. It follows a Resolution survey, suppo... view

17 March 2016

News in brief 17th March 2016

ACL has its say on fixed costs ACL chairman-elect Iain Stark (pictured) last week took part in an invitation-only workshop organised by the Civil Justice Council to assist the Ministry of Justice with thinking about the extension of fixed r... view