Costs News

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

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

20 January 2022

Party who ended up as defendant in claim could make claimant’s part 36 offer

A party named as a defendant in proceedings could make a claimant’s part 36 offer before the case had been issued and where they obtained more from their counterclaim, the High Court has ruled. His Honour Judge Pearce, sitting in Lond... view

12 January 2022

Judge complains about costs schedule with unexpected headings

Costs schedules are in the news again, with the High Court criticising a party for not providing its schedule in the correct form for a summary assessment. Her Honour Judge Watson, sitting in the Technology and Construction Court, stressed... view