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Are you living a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget?

Have you noticed, over the last few years, that you are having to work harder in order to earn the same money? That’s the ever-increasing effect of the Jackson style rule changes and LASPO. Three major factors have taken much of the profit out of injury litigation – fixed costs in the fast track, the end of recoverability of additional liabilities and the new test of proportionality. Indeed, many claimant lawyers are now working so hard to stay at the…

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Fixed Costs Proposals for Hearing Loss claims finally revealed

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has published a final report putting forward recommendations for a fixed costs scheme for Hearing Loss claims. Sean Linley, Costs Consultant, reports. The Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton has confirmed that he has ‘written to the Lord Chancellor to commend the report and ask for its recommendations to be considered as part of the forthcoming wider review of fixed costs’. The CJC’s report is in response to the government’s request to look at…

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Finally found a ‘good reason’ (or have we?)

Ever since the introduction of costs budgeting there has been a desperate need to clarify the relationship between costs budgeting and the detailed assessment procedure. Kelsi Harrison reports.  Arguably the biggest development since its introduction are the cases of Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital NHS Trust (2017) 3 Costs LR424 and Merrix v Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust [2017] 1 Costs LR91. These cases were clear in that the importance of the detailed assessment procedure had been…

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Mesothelioma Claims & Costs Budgeting: What You Need To Know

Reuben Glynn explains how, in our experience, costs budgeting will affect Mesothelioma claims and what practitioners need to consider when approaching these claims. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The exposure can go back decades and more often than not will have occurred during the course of employment duties. The associated debilitating symptoms and condition can, and will, have a huge effect on the sufferer as well as their family. [Link to the House of…

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A Review Court of Protection Costs & The Code Of Practice

Professional Deputy Costs The OPG has had in place its good practice guidance (in place since July 2016) that it prepared with the Senior Courts Costs office. The guidance was prepared to assist professional deputies to explain what can be claimed for in general management bills. It should also be read in conjunction with the relevant Civil Procedure Rules, the COP Practice Direction PD19B, section 23 of the SCCO Guide October 2013, the Mental Capacity Act Code of Conduct and…

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NHS Resolution Annual Report & Accounts: What does it mean?

In July 2017, NHS Resolution placed its Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/2017 before Parliament. The report spans some 168 pages but has some interesting facts, figures and comments which some may find useful. Nick Northrop, National Costs Manager, reports. One has to bear in mind that this report does not necessarily provide a balanced opinion given that it is presented solely from one party’s view point. The report begins with a welcome from the Chair, Mr Ian Dilks, who…

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