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23 July 2015

Keep proportionality of costs in mind at all times, says top judge

Parties and their solicitors can no longer conduct litigation in a manner “which does not keep the proportionality of the costs being incurred at the forefront of their minds at all times”, the judge in charge of the Technology and C... view

23 July 2015

News in brief 23rd July 2015

NHSLA complains about costs bills The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has complained of “an increasing number of plainly excessive and disproportionate costs bills” from claimant lawyers, and highlighted the need for costs to be mo... view

16 July 2015

Finalise budgets after CMC, say Costs Lawyers

Costs Lawyers have backed a change in costs management procedure that would see the budget settled after the case management conference, once the direction of the litigation has been established. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of ACL members suppo... view

16 July 2015

Judge was wrong to strike out claim for unpaid fees, says Court of Appeal

A High Court judge was wrong to conduct a “mini fraud trial” without witnesses in deciding to strike out a claim over unpaid fees brought by a firm of solicitors, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Lord Justice Vos said it was &ldqu... view

16 July 2015

News in brief 16th July 2015

Part 36 ruling The provisions of the pre-April 2015 rule 36.14(3) can be considered separately and are not a complete code, the High Court has ruled. Last week, Lawtel reported RXDX v Northampton Borough Council in the Queen’s Bench... view