Costs News

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09 July 2020

News in brief - 09.07.2020

Legal aid system up and running again After several days of problems, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) reported yesterday that the Client and Costs Management System (CCMS) was now back working, so suppliers could submit claims as normal. &l... view

09 July 2020

No basis to ban use of third-party litigation funding in divorce cases

The fact that conditional fee agreements (CFAs) are banned in family cases does not mean third-party litigation funding should be too, the High Court has ruled. Mrs Justice Knowles said there was no basis for impugning the funding arrangeme... view

09 July 2020

Part 36 offer of 0.3% less than value of claim was “genuine attempt to settle”

A part 36 offer that was just 0.3% less than the value of the claim was a genuine attempt to settle in the circumstances of a case where the claimant had little chance of losing, the High Court has ruled. However, Mr Justice Zacaroli decide... view

02 July 2020

Employment tribunal acted “unfairly” in making costs award in litigant’s absence

An employment tribunal acted unfairly in making an award of costs against a litigant in person in her absence, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. His Honour Judge Auerbach also found that the tribunal in any event erred in failing to... view

02 July 2020

HMCTS to roll out video platform to civil courts to enable more remote hearings

A new video platform enabling more remote cases to be heard is being rolled out to the civil and family courts, ministers confirmed yesterday. HM Courts and Tribunals’ (HMCTS) recovery plan to get the whole justice system moving again... view