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What’s The Deal With Inquest Costs?

Sean Linley, Costs Consultant, PIC, takes a brief look at the recoverability of Inquest Costs. There’s no denying that the issue of Inquest Costs and the recoverability of the same is a complex issue. It’s also fair to say that a lawyer looking to recover such costs will inevitably face a battle to do so. The starting point for the consideration of the recoverability of Inquest Costs can be found in Section 51 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 which…

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Significant Developments: Asgar & Anor v Bhatti & Anor

The matter of Asgar & Anor v Bhatti & Anor (2017) QBD, concerned a Claimant who was permitted to amend their budget due to ‘significant developments’ in the litigation, despite the original budget being subject to sanctions for late filing. Reuben Glynn, Managing Director, PIC, reports. The case arose from an allegation by the Claimant that the Defendants (the first a solicitor and the second his firm) had compelled the Claimant to pay them money in relation to the purchase of two properties….

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Being an ACL Costs Lawyer: Is it worth it?

Linzi Walker, Costs Lawyer at PIC and ACL member, offers her thoughts on becoming an ACL qualified Costs Lawyer and offers some advice for budding costs practitioners! I started the new ACL Costs Lawyers course in September 2014, as soon as new students were able to enrol following the Jackson reforms in 2013. I decided to enrol on the course after speaking with colleagues who had completed the previous ACL Costs Lawyers course, and felt it was the right time…

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An opportunity to depart? Cost Budgeting charging caps & complex cases

The high-profile case of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v The BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2017] EWHC 1666 (Ch) provided guidance in relation to commenting on incurred costs of a Budget and the capped charges for Costs Budget Preparation and Costs Management. Victoria Stewart, Costs Lawyer, PIC, reports. Firstly, in its skeleton argument, the BBC was of the opinion that the Claimant’s incurred costs were unreasonable and grossly disproportionate and invited the Court to register its strong disapproval. The Court responded, asking…

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A 10-Step Guide To (Hopefully) Obtaining Relief From Sanctions!

Lee Dixon, Costs Lawyer, PIC provides a go-to guide to help obtain relief from sanctions. Step 1: Breach an Order, Rule or Practice Direction that carries with it a sanction. Step 2: Recognise the breach as soon as possible. Do not ignore it; hope your opponent does not spot it; or shake your head, cross your arms and deny that it is a breach. Step 3: Try and find someone to blame, ideally someone junior.  It won’t help but it…

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Professional Deputies! Find the new OPG guidance on Travel Claims unclear? Read on!

The phones in our Court of Protection Costs office rang off the hook earlier this month after the new practice guidance on travel costs (issued by the Office of Public Guardian) gave less than clear advice for professional deputies on the recoverability of travel fees. Adrian Hawley, Head of Court of Protection Costs at PIC, provides some clarification. I am often asked by Court of Protection Deputies about restrictions to travel to meet with the Protected Party. There are those cases which…

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