Press Articles



29 March 2021

Sitting on the Fence

The Civil Justice Council’s guideline hourly rates (GHR) interim report, published for consultation in January, showed how it struggled to obtain evidence from lawyers.  We should not forget that in 2015, the then Master of the R... view

24 March 2021

Cycles in the sand?

In Best v Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC B2 (Costs), a clinical negligence case, the defendant accepted the claimant’s part 36 offer of £475,000 to settle the costs. Costs of assessment were to b... view

08 March 2021

Assessment of fees under the Solicitors Act 1974: Masters v Charles Fussell and Co LLP

The thorny issue of a client’s rights to a Solicitors Act 1974 assessment of fees has raised its head again recently in Masters v Charles Fussell & Co LLP [2021] EWHC B1 (Costs).  Quite rightly within that statute a... view

04 February 2021

Guideline hourly rates: out of the deep freeze

It has been a feature of civil justice reform that rates are set and not updated with the passage of time – personal injury lawyers working on fixed recoverable costs can attest to that. You might think it sensible to at least put some kin... view

12 January 2021

Plain Sailing Ahead? Revisions & variations: Adam Grant outlines how to adjust your approved costs budget

Some of the most common questions I get asked by my clients involve when and how do they go about revising their previously approved budgets during the course of litigation. These are never easy to answer given the ambiguities surrounding such t... view