Legal Costs Experts
LAW COSTS DRAFTSMEN
LEGAL COSTS CONSULTANTS
BILLS OF COSTS
Inter partes and Solicitors Act assessments
SCHEDULES OF COSTS
Summary assessments (N260, N260A, N260B), Negotiations
Precedent H, Precedent R, Precedent T
Accredited speakers, in-house or online
Detailed assessments, Solicitor-client assessments, CCMCs
Auditing, cost management and budget control
Points of dispute, points of reply
Settlement / ADR
17 September 2021
Solicitors must disclose recordings of discussions about retainers
Slater & Gordon has had its application for a stay in claims made by its former clients rejected. A group of claimants have brought claims against the firm over the extent of the charges that were applied against them and the enforceability of the retainers. The court dismissed SG's argument that the proceedings amounted to their former client's lawyers' trafficking litigation and exposing them to risk.
In his decision, Master Rowley also allowed a request by lawyers acting for the claimants for disclosure of recordings that were made at the time the retainers were entered into, ruling that they were relevant.
The full judgment is available here:
8 September 2021
Fixed recoverable costs to be extended with incentives for early settlement
The Ministry of Justice has published its long awaited response to the consultation on the fixed costs recommendations of Sir Rupert Jackson ('SRJ') made over 4 years' ago.
Fixed costs will apply to most civil cases (with a few exceptions such as clinical negligence) with a value up to £25,000. The fast track will be expanded, in line with the recommendation of SRJ, to add a new 'intermediate' track for cases between £25,000 and £100,000.
The proposed bands for complexity and the corresponding allowances proposed by SRJ back in 2017 are set out below and a copy of the the response can be found here:
3 September 2021
Court fees set to increase again
The Ministry of Justice is to press ahead with an increase in court fees. Although the increase will not be as dramatic as the bumper increases of 2016, it will still be seen as controversial against the backdrop of Covid and the serious deterioration in service.
Most practitioners who have had any experience of the courts service over the past 10 or more years will speak to the dramatic decline in the quality of the service, due largely to the savage cuts in staff numbers and the introduction of rushed, poor quality digitised court services.