Following the increase to the SCCO guidelines, courts have been less willing to allow uplifted hourly rates. This stricter approach is being seen even where costs are assessed on the indemnity basis.
Delegation should be the rule not the exception. The receiving party will have to justify a decision not to delegate. The test of whether an item could have been delegated is objective; if it was suitable for delegation then it should be allowed at a lower rate even if there was no fee earner to delegate to
The High Court has confirmed that parties which do not use the fee remission scheme will not be able to recover court fees on assessment
In Candey Limited -v- Bosheh & Salfiti  EWCA Civ 1103 the Court of Appeal held that a client is not bound to consider their solicitor’s interests when settling a…
The MOJ is proposing to make mediation mandatory for all County Court claims. But will this save costs? Consultation closes 4 October 2022
In cases with multiple claimants FRC proposals suggest reduced fees for subsidiary claimants; the final wording could lead to nasty surprises
The Court of Appeal has given guidance on how to contract out of fixed costs in Doyle -v- M&D Foundations and Building Services Ltd  EWCA Civ 927
A Bill or Statement of Costs must be signed. This requirement is contained at CPR 47 PD 5.21 in the case of a bill, or CPR 44 PD 9.5(3) for…