Costs News



14 January 2021

ACL urges progress on previous GHR recommendation to up Costs Lawyers’ grades

The ACL has called for implementation of the 2014 recommendations that Costs Lawyers should be able to recover at grade B or C rates in the wake of the Civil Justice Council working party interim report on the guideline hourly rates (GHR), which... view

14 January 2021

Government gives way on taking legal aid costs assessments in-house

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland (pictured) has agreed to allow solicitors to choose whether civil legal aid bills worth between £2,500 and £25,000 are assessed by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) or costs judges while the LAA consults... view

14 January 2021

Legal Services Board commends CLSB over performance improvement

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has commended the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB) for the progress it has made in meeting the requirements of the oversight regulator’s performance framework, which measures each regulatory body against f... view

11 January 2021

Response from the Association of Costs Lawyers to the revision of Guideline Hourly Rates

Responding to the consultation on revising the guideline hourly rates published by the Civil Justice Council working group, Association of Costs Lawyers chair Claire Green says:  “It is unarguable that the GHRs need to be increas... view

06 January 2021

Court refuses to order co-claimant to reimburse half of Costs Lawyer’s fee

A man who was jointly liable for costs that were covered by his co-claimant’s after-the-event (ATE) insurance has been ordered to reimburse half of the payment to the insurer, but not half of the costs drafting fee. In ARAG PLC v Jone... view