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31 March 2022

Proportion of Costs Lawyers with highest level of insurance cover reaches new high

Nearly 40% of Costs Lawyers working in costs firms or as sole practitioners now have professional indemnity insurance (PII) at the highest level of cover of £2m or more, new figures from the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB) have shown. ... view

24 March 2022

Gordon-Saker’s surprise that firm failed to spell out budget overspend to client

The Senior Costs Judge (SCJ) has expressed his surprise that a law firm – in this case Irwin Mitchell (IM) – would exceed budgeted costs without properly consulting their client. Andrew Gordon-Saker was clear that telling a clie... view

24 March 2022

Government decides against curbing QOCS in motor claims for now

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has decided against curbing qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) in motor claims, which had been suggested as a way to reduce fraud. The news came in the long-awaited response to part 2 of the whiplash consu... view

24 March 2022

News in brief – 24.03.2022

Have your say in review of Costs Lawyer qualification Members are being asked to respond to a survey issued by ACL Training’s management board, which you should have received by email earlier this week. Following the Costs Lawyer... view

17 March 2022

Government pledges extra £135m for criminal legal aid

The government is to pump a further £135m into criminal legal aid and has begun consulting on changes to the system as well as the means test for both criminal and civil cases. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced this week that it... view