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Read a wide range of general company, law, industry and costs management news, provided by the respected law costs draftsmen at Jennings Costs Consultants.

Surviving Costs Management

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

Like it or not, costs management is coming to a Court near you on 1st April 2013. Pilot schemes are already running in defamation proceedings and in the Birmingham TCC and Mercantile Court.

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CPR amendments

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

​The 60th Update to the Civil Procedure Rules is now available.

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Judicial review launched by MASS & APIL

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General, Negotiations and Advocacy, Specialist High Value & Commercial Team by Michelle Barron.

​MASS & APIL have issued a judicial review of the government’s proposal to cut the basic RTA portal fee from £1,200 to £500.

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Phillips & Co (a firm) v Bath Housing Co-Operative Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1591 (11 December 2012)

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

“A solicitors’ claim for costs, billed but not yet fixed by assessment or agreement, fell within the phrase ‘debt or other liquidated pecuniary claim’ in section 29(5)(a) of the Limitation Act 1980.”

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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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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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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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Litigant in person “not entitled to indulgence”

Posted: in Civil Litigation Team, General, Specialist High Value & Commercial Team by Michelle Barron.

The Court of Appeal has told a litigant in person that his lack of legal understanding did not entitle him to “indulgence”.

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Environmentally responsible

Posted: in General by Michelle Barron.

During our rebranding we will be taking our environmental responsibilities seriously.​

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