Costs News

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

18 February 2016

Excessive items within reasonable budget “will be cut”

The fact that a costs budget looks acceptable overall does not mean that the court will ignore individual items that appear excessive, a barrister has warned.  John Denis-Smith (pictured) of 39 Essex Chambers also cautioned about the r... view

18 February 2016

LAA withdraws new form after ACL complaint

The ACL has welcomed the decision of the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to withdraw the initial version of a new form designed for use following the court assessment of costs after deficiencies were identified by the Association’s Legal Aid Group.... view

18 February 2016

News in brief 18th February 2016

CFA switch ruling upheld The High Court has backed the decision by Master Rowley last year that allowed a clinical negligence claimant to recover her costs under a conditional fee agreement even though a previous legal aid certificate had not b... view

11 February 2016

Consumer panel urges use of Costs Lawyers to aid costs transparency

The existence of Costs Lawyers means that the legal profession should be able to provide clients with better costs estimates than they do at the moment, the Legal Services Consumer Panel said last week. In a report in which it called for in... view

11 February 2016

Costs trends in JR cases show benefit of legal aid

Courts order each party to bear their own costs in a quarter of unsuccessful judicial review (JR) cases while claimants were more likely to face costs orders when not legally aided, the first detailed research of the area has found. The res... view