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17 March 2022

News in brief - 17.03.2022

Waszak bolsters 4 New Square’s costs team Costs junior Matthew Waszak has joined 4 New Square from Temple Garden Chambers. While his early practice was rooted in a broad range of civil common law work, 4 New Square said he now sp... view

17 March 2022

Solicitors urged to tell defendants up front of reliance on equitable lien

Claimant solicitors have been advised to put potential defendants on notice as early as possible that they wish to rely on an equitable lien, in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that it was available in ‘uncontested&rsquo... view

10 March 2022

Costs judge considers correct time limit to challenge gross sum bill

The time limit to dispute the amount claimed in an outstanding gross sum bill is to be found in section 64(3) of the Solicitors Act 1974 and not section 70, a costs judge has ruled. Yasin v Whitmore Law Solicitors [2021] EWHC B30 (Costs) wa... view

10 March 2022

Court refuses to make costs order because party failed to apply for it in time

The High Court has refused to order costs on an appeal after the receiving party failed to apply for it by noon on the day before judgment is to be handed down, as required by the CPR. Mr Richard Farnhill, sitting as a deputy High Court jud... view

10 March 2022

Regional costs judge strikes out “broad-brush” points of dispute

A regional costs judge has struck out points of dispute (PoDs) over “an abject failure” by the paying party to particularise its objections. Deputy District Judge Harris in Manchester also found good reason for the receiving par... view