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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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Brain Injury Group Court of Protection: An Update

Adrian Hawley, Head of Court of Protection Costs, provides an update from the latest Brain Injury Group Court of Protection training day, held on 12 July 2017 at 7 Bedford Row in London. This was the third training day provided by the group which covered several areas of the field of Court of Protection work. The delegates were treated to a Mental Capacity Act legal update from Lee Parkhill of 7 Bedford Row, followed by the ever-entertaining Tim Farmer of TSF Consultants talking about…

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Jackson on fixed costs: our reaction

Reuben Glynn, Managing Director, PIC, provides a handy guide to the Costs Law implications of the Jackson Report on Civil Litigation Costs, published on the 31 July 2017.  Jackson Report > Key points: Fixed costs to be extended to all cases up to £25,000 (i.e. remaining fast track cases). An intermediate track for cases up to £100,000 within which fixed recoverable costs (FRC) will apply. Intermediate track cases should have a trial of no more than three days with a…

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Continuing Competence: confused.com?

In November 2016, the SRA introduced a new regime to address the continued development of Solicitors to replace the old Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. As we approach the close of the first year, there is still confusion over how the scheme works and how to be sure to be compliant. Emma Bratby offers an update and clarity for practitioners. Continuing Competence follows on from the publication in March 2015 of a competence statement that focuses on Principle 5 of…

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