Press Articles



20 March 2020

ANTHONY v COLLINS (2020) EWHC B14(Costs) and the need to get the retainer right

Until the indemnity principle disappears there will always be the need to make sure that the retainer between solicitor and client is clear. This was again highlighted in the recent judgment of Deputy Master Friston in Anthony v Collins (2020)EW... view

28 February 2020

Why are so many firms stumbling their way to failure when it comes to applications for relief?

Stephen Averill provides some answers.  If you haven’t recently had the misfortune to require a successful application for relief from sanctions, the chances are you know someone who has. Although we are several years into the Ja... view

21 February 2020

SRA Code of Conduct: costs implications for solicitors

Skimming through the SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors introduced in November last year I am tasked with considering any costs implications thereof.  This is not something that I have had to consider before as knowing there was/is a code... view

17 January 2020

Guideline hourly rates: time for a review

The guideline hourly rates (GHR) are coming up to an unwelcome 10-year anniversary – the last time they were updated. This is not good news for solicitors. And the judiciary is finally taking note. In the recent case of Ohpen Operatio... view

10 January 2020

Taking Charge

David Cooper breaks down the costs ruling in Monex It is bewildering when it appears that what should be a fundamental and straightforward understanding of law and practice nevertheless generates arguments before the court, with a consequen... view