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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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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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Harrison: The Impact

The judgment in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 792 (21 June 2017) is now with us. The implications are likely to be wide and they raise as many questions as answers. Sean Linley, Costs Consultant, reports. The Court of Appeal considered two main areas pertaining to the interplay between an approved or agreed Costs Budget and the effect that this has at Detailed Assessment. An additional issue concerning when proceedings are commenced for the…

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Change of name, change of pace? What ‘NHS Resolution’ means for your costs.

The NHSLA has recently rebranded itself to NHS Resolution. The Health Secretary suggested this was illustrative of a change of focus from, ‘simply defending NHS litigation claims to the early settlement of cases, learning from what goes wrong and the prevention of errors’. Lee Dixon, Senior Costs Draftsman, PIC, looks at the impact of the rebrand.  I wonder whether the rebrand is a tacit acceptance that the ‘old’ way was the ‘wrong’ way? However, it takes more than a name change (and…

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Defendants Warned To Quit Playing Tactical Games During The Costs Budgeting Process

On the 12 May 2017, the Hon. Mr Justice Coulson bandied around the following statements that Claimant solicitors have argued since the introduction of Costs Budgets in 2013: “..An unrealistically low budget.” “..it is completely unrealistic.” “..designed to put as low a figure as possible on every stage of the process, without justification, in the hope that the court’s subsequent assessment will also be low.” “..an abuse of the cost budgeting process.” “..unjustifiably low.” “..simply incredible..” “..reflects their own unrealistically low…

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AvMA Costs Update Roadshow 2017

Partners in Costs is delighted to sponsor the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Costs Update Roadshow 2017, hosted exclusively for claimant Clinical Negligence practitioners and those working within the industry. A series of Roadshows will take place throughout England and Wales in October and November 2017 covering costs budgeting, essential Clinical Negligence costs judgments and cases plus exclusive hot of the press updates from eminent costs speaker, Professor Dominic Regan. The event is ideal for claimant Clinical Negligence litigators, members…

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