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04 November 2021

Existence of costs budget may increase level of security for costs court requires

The existence of costs budgeting may increase the amount of security for costs a party is required to provide, it has been suggested, in the wake of a ruling about the adequacy of after-the-event (ATE) insurance as security. A briefing from... view

27 October 2021

“Dispiriting” how much public money is spent on unnecessary costs disputes

It is “dispiriting” how much public money is spent by public authorities arguing “unnecessarily” about costs, a deputy costs judge has said. Deputy Master Campbell made the comments in R (On the application of TT) v... view

27 October 2021

Court makes £50,000 costs order against medical expert for “flagrant disregard” of duties

A recorder has made a third-party costs order for just over £50,000 against the claimant’s medical expert in a clinical negligence case. In Robinson v (1) Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and (2) Dr Chris Merci... view

27 October 2021

High Court refuses first application for costs-capping order since 2013

The High Court has refused what is believed to be the first application for a costs-capping order (CCO) since budgeting was introduced in 2013. Mr Justice Cavanagh accepted that capping the costs of women suing the British owners of tea and... view

21 October 2021

Big reduction in bill is reason enough to reduce costs of assessment

Reducing a bill “substantially” on assessment is reason on its own to reduce the costs of the assessment itself, a Senior Courts Costs Office judge has ruled. Costs Judge Brown said there was no need to prove any misconduct or o... view