Costs News

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12 November 2015

Proportionality trumps necessity in case where costs were 10 times damages

Master O’Hare has delivered a stark application of the new proportionality rule, disallowing three items in a bill that he considered it reasonable for the claimant’s solicitors to incur but “unfair” to make the defendant... view

05 November 2015

“Attritional” parties warned that they might recover no costs

Two parties who “appear determined to fight bitterly over every possible inch of ground” have been warned by a High Court judge that they may not be awarded costs whatever the outcome of their litigation – having made exactly s... view

05 November 2015

News in brief 5th November 2015

Judge bemoans “mind-bogglingly” disproportionate dispute “Week after week, if not day after day, judges like myself see litigants spending completely disproportionate amounts of money on purely financial litigation,” Mr... view

05 November 2015

US experience “points to need for Costs Lawyers in J-Codes process”

The US experience shows the critical role Costs Lawyers need to play as the J-Codes and new format bill increasingly come into use in generating bills, it has been claimed. The Senior Courts Costs Office began the voluntary pilot of the new... view

29 October 2015

Barrister Whalan named newest SCCO judge

Mark Whalan (pictured) has been named as the newest costs judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office, with effect from 9 November 2015. The 50-year-old barrister practises from 9 Gough Square Chambers and has been a fee-paid immigration judge... view