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27 January 2022
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News in brief - 27.01.2022

Call for next ACL chair to step forward

Members should have received an email earlier this week from ACL chair Claire Green, whose term of office ends on 3 May, calling for a member “to pick up the reins” from her.

The email included a detailed description of the chair’s work, but Ms Green said: “What it doesn't do is tell you how rewarding the role can be and what a buzz you get when a plan comes to fruition. It is well worth the effort, believe me!”

To nominate yourself, or learn more about the role, contact enquiries@costslawyer.co.uk. Nominations should arrive by 5pm on Monday 7 February.

 

Have your say on the future of the costs market

Leading legal sector consultancy Hook Tangaza is conducting a research and mapping project on the future of the costs law market on behalf of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board.

Help to build the picture of what goes on now and what might be the costs services of the future by contributing your insights here.

 

Court of Appeal to consider impact of one-fifth rule

The Court of Appeal has granted permission for a second appeal in SGI Legal LLP v Karatysz [2021] EWHC 1608 (QB), costs barrister Robin Dunne tweeted yesterday. He said the appeal would deal with the one-fifth rule in section 70(9) of Solicitors Act 1974 and the amount of a bill of costs.

A tweet from Checkmylegalfees.com, acting for the client, added: “In granting permission the Rt Hon Lady Justice Asplin included in her reasons that this question ‘is of particular importance in low value personal injury claims such as this especially where the amount sought from the client differs from the amounts of the face of the bill’.”

Last June, Mr Justice Lavender held that, for the purposes of the one-fifth rule, the amount of the bill was the actual amount the solicitors sought to recover in light of the 25% cap on deductions from damages, rather than the bill for the full amount of their charges.

The judge also ruled that informed consent was not relevant to costs claimed pursuant to CPR 46.9(3)(c)(ii).

Lavender J’s other foray into costs deductions from damages, Belsner, is already heading for the Court of Appeal.

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