The Civil Justice Council recently issued a consultation paper (Costs working Group – Consultation Paper – June 2022 (judiciary.uk)) in response to a request from Sir Geoffrey Vos (The Master of the Rolls) earlier this year for a full review of the legal costs landscape. The review is just over 9 years since the LASPO reforms and issued at a time when fixed recoverable costs (FRC) are due to be extended and implemented from April 2013.
A ‘Costs Working Group’ has been established and their terms of reference are:
- Costs Budgeting;
- Guideline Hourly Rates;
- Costs under pre-action protocols/portals and the digital justice system; and
- Consequences of the extension of FRC
Responses to the questions raised in the consultation paper must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday 30 September 2022.
This blog was written by Andrew McAulay who is a Partner at Clarion and the Head of the Costs and Litigation Funding team. Andrew can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07764501252.