Costs News

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

03 September 2015

Mediation costs sanction should not apply when party changes mind

A party which initially refused to mediate a will dispute but then had second thoughts should not face a costs penalty, the High Court has ruled. In Murray & Anr v Bernard [2015] EWHC 2395 (Ch) – which was handed down in February... view

27 August 2015

Costs judge highlights continuing need for PI risk assessments

Claimant personal injury lawyers still need to undertake risk assessments and quantify their base costs, a regional costs judge has ruled in a case that has questioned the standard way that many now operate. A & Anor v Royal Mail Group... view

27 August 2015

Gordon-Saker issues bill format guidance for budgeted cases

The Senior Costs Judge has issued guidance on key issues around billing in budgeted cases, including ruling that the costs of budgeting include additional liabilities but not VAT. Master Gordon-Saker was ruling in BP v Cardiff & Vale Un... view

27 August 2015

News in brief 27th August 2015

Lord moves to CCCL Civil & Commercial Costs Lawyers has appointed Jon Lord as Senior Costs Lawyer, following on from Anil Virji’s move into the business as head of costs earlier in the year. Previously Principal Costs Lawyer at C... view

13 August 2015

Breakdown by budget phases to become mandatory in detailed assessments

Parties going into detailed assessment where a costs management order has been made will need to serve a schedule containing a breakdown of the bill by reference to the budget phases, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has decided. The addi... view