Costs News

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

19 November 2015

Interim costs award reduced due to overall proportionality concerns

The High Court has heavily reduced the sum a successful claimant sought as payment on account of costs on the grounds that the overall costs claim may well be reduced on the grounds of both proportionality and necessity.  Rallison v No... view

19 November 2015

News in brief 19th November 2015

High Court sends message with wasted costs order The High Court has made a wasted costs order against a firm of solicitors it held mainly culpable for the “sorry state of preparation” a case was in before it was withdrawn. Mr J... view

19 November 2015

Rule committee agrees to divide bills that straddle Jackson reforms

Amendments to practice direction 47 to allow application of the appropriate proportionality test for costs pre- and post-1 April 2013 to bills submitted for assessment are set to come into force in January 2016, the Civil Procedure Rule Committe... view

12 November 2015

Firms “put off” by changes required to embrace J-Codes

Many law firms have so far decided against embracing the J-Codes revolution, a leading Costs Lawyer has reported. Teresa Aitken, chair of costs firm Partners in Costs (PIC), said that in advising clients on the best approach for them, &ldqu... view

12 November 2015

News in brief 12th November 2015

First test of ‘just disposal’ QOCS exemption Claimants who provide inconsistent evidence cannot simply fail to turn up to trial and then expect to hide behind the shield of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS), a district judge h... view