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11 Aug 2020

With effect from 17 August 2020, claims for Legal Aid Costs formerly 'taxed' by the Court will now be assessed directly by the Legal Aid Agency.

Early indications during the pilot period are positive with claims often being processed in two weeks compared with many mont...

30 Jul 2020

Costs Budgeting – latest update to CPR heralds new Precedent T, Budget Variation

Since the inception of the CPR in 1999, there have been many and varied amendments to the Rules, such that pursuant to the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2020 the latest, 122nd Upda...

18 Jul 2020

Where would lawyers be without some ambiguities in the rules? But whilst “good for business” some alleged ambiguities do cause some head scratching because they seem contrary to plain old common sense.

It is with some relief therefore that the Senior Costs Judge, Master...

18 Jun 2020

Since the mandatory introduction of e-filing in January, we have received repeated feed-back from our clients that many have found the system time consuming and cumbersome.  We have therefore developed our procedures to meet our Clients' needs.

In addition to our bill d...

23 Apr 2020

It is very true that, currently, we live in strange and unprecedented times, with everyone having to show greater restraint and tolerance in our daily lives, faced with the uncertainties both to professional and personal futures, and also when the current Public Emerge...

22 Apr 2020

As you will know, we believe that a collaborative approach with our clients is the best way to achieve the best results in the most efficient manner. At the heart of this is good communication between us and this is an area where we seek to continuously improve.

To that...

20 Jan 2020

With effect from today, the procedure for processing Bills in the Supreme Court Costs Office (SCCO) will fundamentally change in accordance with the 110th update to the Civil Procedure Rules.

The changes reflect the introduction of CE-Filing in the SCCO.

The relevant pra...

24 Nov 2019

Perhaps one of the most talked about aspects of the most recent reforms (and, let’s be honest, they are not that recent, but yet still remain a controversial topic) has been Fixed Recoverable Costs (“FRC”). Like them (paying parties, mostly) or loathe them (receiving p...

23 Sep 2019

Practitioners should be aware of a very important change to the budgeting regime coming into effect from 1 October 2019 by way of the 109th Update to the CPR.

Budgets have generally been prepared such that the “incurred costs” shown will be the costs which have bee...

22 Aug 2019

The recent case of Evans v Pinsent Masons LLP [2019] EWHC 2150 (QB) serves as a stark warning to practitioners as to the consequences in failing to understand (or at least apply) the court rules on time and flowing from that the potential serious consequences of mislea...

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