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21 October 2021

Big reduction in bill is reason enough to reduce costs of assessment

Reducing a bill “substantially” on assessment is reason on its own to reduce the costs of the assessment itself, a Senior Courts Costs Office judge has ruled. Costs Judge Brown said there was no need to prove any misconduct or o... view

21 October 2021

Legal Services Board approves 2% increase in practising fee for Costs Lawyers

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the Costs Lawyer Standards Board’s (CLSB) application for a 2% increase in the 2022 practising certificate fee (PCF) from £275 to £281. The CLSB projects total PCF income for 202... view

21 October 2021

Success fee is recoverable as part of award under Inheritance Act

The success fee element of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be recovered as part of an award under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Moore Barlow, the solicitors for the clai... view

14 October 2021

“A further erosion of justice” – defendant lawyers hit out at Supreme Court ruling in Ho

The Supreme Court ruling last week in Ho v Adelekun has come under heavy attack from lawyers representing defendants, with one describing it as “a further erosion of access to justice for defendants”. The court held that defenda... view

14 October 2021

News in brief - 14.10.2021

New Costs Lawyer magazine ready to read The new issue of Costs Lawyer magazine went live last week. Members can read it here. Topics include the right approach to budgeting, the status of estimates, contentious business agreements, fixed co... view