Costs News

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27 January 2022

News in brief - 27.01.2022

Call for next ACL chair to step forward Members should have received an email earlier this week from ACL chair Claire Green, whose term of office ends on 3 May, calling for a member “to pick up the reins” from her. The emai... view

27 January 2022

Notice to begin detailed assessment after liability ruling “premature”

A costs judge has set aside a claimant’s notice of commencement of detailed assessment because it was issued prematurely, after judgment was given on liability as a preliminary issue. Master Leonard said this occurred quite often but... view

27 January 2022

Use of expert counsel in complex case did not mean solicitors’ skills were not needed

A costs judge has branded as “remarkable” the suggestion that the hourly rates of a law firm’s involvement in a highly complex case should be downgraded because it instructed expert counsel. Master Rowley (pictured) said &... view

20 January 2022

Doctrine of common law mistake can apply to part 36 offer

The doctrine of common law mistake can apply to a part 36 offer in circumstances where a clear and obvious mistake has been made and this is appreciated by the part 36 offeree at the point of acceptance, a High Court master has ruled. Maste... view

20 January 2022

News in brief - 20.01.2022

Last chance to fill the vacancies on the ACL Council The closing date for nominations for the two vacancies on the ACL Council is noon tomorrow (21 January). Supporting the association and the profession is in everyone’s interests and... view