Costing Tip of the Month

September 28, 2021

Ensure that your Terms of Business contain a clause that your client may have to pay costs greater than those recovered from the other party following a successful costs order. If there is no such clause, there exists a risk that those costs that fall as unrecoverable cannot be claimed from your client, leaving you with the shortfall.

New civil justice guideline rates effective from 1 October

September 28, 2021

The MoR has given the go-ahead to proposed changes to the guideline hourly rates which will be effective from 1 October. For more information click on the link https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/new-guideline-rates-from-1-october-as-mor-gives-go-ahead/5109546.article

Tip of the month!

December 9, 2020

Listing time for FAS purposes: only claim time from when the matter is listed, FAS times must agree with the listed start time. The Advocate’s attendance note should support the FAS claim.

Solicitor struck off for settling costs claim without obtaining client’s instructions

December 9, 2020

The client, who had asked to be involved in every decision relating to costs, was not consulted prior to the solicitor settling a £2.3m costs claim. The solicitor argued that a clause in the CFA entitled him to act unilaterally, the  however in its’ ruling “The tribunal found the respondent’s interpretation to be incredible……”For more information click here

Insurers facing significant costs bill in Swift v Carpenter fight

December 9, 2020

Insurers made an unsuccessful attempt in the Court of Appeal to stop a seriously injured woman from claiming extra compensation for accommodation. For more information click here