Costs News

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31 March 2021

Challenge to default costs certificate fails after party did not instruct Costs Lawyers promptly

A costs judge has refused to set aside a default costs certificate (DCC) on a $3.7m bill after ruling that the paying party’s solicitors had not acted quickly enough to get themselves in order. Master Rowley was critical of US firm Ki... view

31 March 2021

Guideline rates review risks being wasted opportunity, ACL warns

The failure to capture data from costs budgets filed in court risks making the review of the guideline hourly rates (GHR) a wasted opportunity, the ACL has warned. It also called for the right for Costs Lawyers to seek grade A rates for the... view

31 March 2021

News in brief - 01.04.2021

‘Informed consent’ debate rumbles on The question of what information needs to be provided to a personal injury client for them to consent to their solicitor deducting costs from damages is set for the Court of Appeal. Lord... view

24 March 2021

Costs Lawyers told to embrace changing legal market to grow out of pandemic

Costs Lawyers need to embrace the changes that have been happening in the legal market over the past decade as much as the rest of the profession, a leading observer has argued. Crispin Passmore, a former senior official at both the Legal S... view

24 March 2021

Court of Appeal stresses importance of precision in wording part 36 offers

The Court of Appeal has stressed the importance of precision in making a part 36 offer, especially in low-value claims. Lady Justice Asplin made the comments in Seabrook v Adam [2021] EWCA Civ 382, a road traffic accident claim where breach... view