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Costs Management & Company News P40

Established in 1989, Jennings Costs Consultants are highly respected legal draftsmen and costs management experts. On this page, you will find company and industry news from P40.

Christmas closure

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

Today (Friday 21 December) is our last working day for this year.​

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Freedom to instruct lawyer of choice

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General, Negotiations and Advocacy by Michelle Barron.

This is a Court of Appeal decision relating to freedom to instruct one’s own lawyer under the terms of a legal expense insurance policy.

Click here to see full case report:

Brown- Quinn & Anor v Equity Syndicate Management Ltd & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1633 (12 December 2012)

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LSC rejection email address

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

​The LSC have introduced a new civil claim rejection email address.

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Christmas has arrived at Jennings -ho ho ho!

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

​The tree is here and is sitting in pride of place in reception beautifully decorated by Lyn. Kayleigh has created her own mini grotto with lights festooning the reception desk.

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Ministry of Justice invites comments on proposals

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General, Negotiations and Advocacy by Michelle Barron.

​The Civil Procedure Rule Committee is currently consulting on the draft protocols which will implement changes to the fixed recoverable costs scheme. The Ministry of Justice have invited comments from stakeholders on the proposed levels of fixed recoverable costs that will apply.

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Light On Line Ltd & Anor v Zumtobel Lighting Ltd [2012] EWHC 3376 (QB) (29 November 2012)

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

This case involved an appeal from three decisions of Master Haworth made in the course of a detailed assessment of the costs Zumtobel Lighting Ltd (the Defendant) were to pay Light on Line Ltd and Project Management Lighting Ltd (the Claimants) following settlement of proceedings brought by the Claimants against the Defendant.The following decisions were appealed

    i) The decision on 15th December 2011 that a redacted After The Event (‘ATE’) insurance certificate provided by the Claimants did not comply with Costs Practice Direction (‘CPD’) 32.5(2)(c); ii) The decision on 16th December 2011 to refuse relief under CPR 3.9 from the sanction of disallowing the claim for the insurance premium applied pursuant to CPR 44.3B(1)(e) in respect of the Claimant’s failure to comply with CPD 32.5(2)(c); iii) The decision on 15th December 2011 to reduce the Claimants’ solicitors’ success fee to 40% and the Claimants’ counsel’s success fee to 20%.

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Stalking, a criminal offence at last!

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

Stalking has become a criminal offence with the potential of up to a five-year jail term after years of campaigns.

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Benefits fraud caught dancing the night away

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

​Man guilty of benefits fraud sentenced to imprisonment following surveillance revealing him dancing at a wedding.

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Ministry of Justice civil reforms update

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General by Michelle Barron.

Lawyers acting under a DBA will be required to comply with the indemnity principle, which means that their fee would be restricted to what is due under the DBA fee: if the DBA fee is less than the recoverable base legal costs would be in the absence of a DBA, a losing defendant would be liable to pay the DBA fee.

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Adecco UK Ltd v Aldwinkle (Practice and Procedure Costs) [2012] UKEAT 0208_12_0811 (8 November 2012

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General by Michelle Barron.

This was a decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to an award of costs under Rule 40(3) of the Employment Tribunal Rules 2004. The first instance decision denied an application for an award of costs against the unsuccessful applicant on grounds of unreasonable conduct. The Employment Judge did not find the conduct unreasonable.

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