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Looking for your Assessment Costs in full

Looking for your Assessment Costs in full? Better Produce a Reasonable Bill   Milbrooke Construction Limited (in Liquidation) -v- Timothy Jones [2021] EWHC B20 (Costs)   Summary Master Brown reduced the Claimant’s Bill of...

Guideline rates- a long overdue increase

Following the Civil Justice Council’s working group’s consultation, the much publicised update to the guideline rates will come into effect from 1 October 2021. This represents the first uplift to the guideline rates since 2010.   The new...

Costs budgeting - key questions answered

Do you need to file a Costs Budget? Pursuant to CPR 3.12 (1), costs management automatically applies to all Part 7 multi-track cases, therefore a Costs Budget (Precedent H) will be required in these claims. However, under CPR 3.12 there are some...

The Defendant's conduct following the Claimant's discontinuance

Hewson V Wells and Ors [2020] EWHC 2722 (ch)   The underlying claim arose following the death of Mr Wells who was a cohabitee of the Claimant.  Mr Wells died intestate and the Claimant issued proceedings for an interest in the property under...

Multiple Defendants - the pitfalls and how to avoid them

Multiple Defendants There have been several cases dealing with the pitfalls and dilemmas facing receiving parties in regard to claims involving multiple defendants and it can often prove to be difficult to guarantee the receiving parties’ costs are...

Guideline Hourly rates - Where are we now?

Guideline Hourly rates – Where are we now? If you are familiar with the civil litigation costs process, then there is a very good chance that at some stage you will have come across the term ‘Guideline Hourly Rates’ (GHRs). GHRs...

Revising your costs budget - The new Precedent T

Revising your costs budget – The new Precedent T Since 1 October 2020 there has been a new form to be used when it is necessary for a party to revise its previously approved budget, and that is the Precedent T.  Prior to this point, there...

Electronic Bill of Costs

  Who, What, When, Where and Why…. And How)?   Author: Ryan Bradford Costs Lawyer   WHO is responsible for the new electronic bill of costs   In January 2010, Lord Justice Jackson presented his final report...

Cost Budgets: the effect on Detailed Assessments

Parties need good reason to depart from the approved or agreed budgeted future costs, held the Court of Appeal, but be aware proportionality still bites!

Parties warned to stop treating costs budgeting "as a form of game"

Whether you’re a fan of cost budgeting or not, one thing’s for certain, it’s probably here to stay. It’s been over four years since the regime was introduced and many are still failing to come to terms with its effect on litigation...
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