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Posts made in October, 2010

Catching up with old friends

By on Oct 27, 2010 | 1 comment

What ever happened to Colin Poole, chief executive of Claims Direct? We know what happened to Mark Langford, the former boss of the Accident Group (TAG).  Although, The Times comment that he “lived life in the fast lane” (see link) did appear a bit tasteless under the circumstances.  There must still be one or two Claims Direct or TAG claims that are knocking around out there but I haven’t seen one for several years.  Those youngsters reading this probably wouldn’t even be able to spot...

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All at sea

By on Oct 26, 2010 | 0 comments

I recently came across this gem from Hoffman’s Costs Cases – A Civil Guide (3rd Edition) where he writes about law costs draftsmen: “One hopes that they are now of more assistance to the court that those experienced last century by Chitty J. in which he recognised the practice of solicitors’ clerks being heard in chambers on behalf of their principles but went on to state in Re Bethlehem and Bridewell Hospitals (1885) 30 CH.D 542: “Vey often neither counsel nor solicitors attend on the summons, but gentlemen come before me, subordinate clerks, who are not very competent to transact the business, and after a question or two as to the matters entrusted to them are found to be perfectly at sea, without rudder or compass.”” Thank goodness those days are...

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Lord Young' Report

By on Oct 18, 2010 | 6 comments

Lord Young’s report, Common Sense, Common Safety, was published on Friday. The headlines, so far as legal costs are concerned, can be summarised as follows: Lord Young believes Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals should be adopted as soon as possible. The Government has fully supported Lord Young’s report. Lord Young wants to extend the new RTA claims process to other personal injury claims to £25,000 and lower value clinical negligence cases with a goal for introduction of April 2012. More details can be found in this Summary of Lord Young’s report courtesy of Ken Slade, Principal PSL, Weightmans LLP and Dominic Regan. Further analysis available from Legal...

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Costs Lawyer Magazine

By on Oct 15, 2010 | 4 comments

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: Costs Lawyer Magazine n. the official journal of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen. When read in public usually concealed behind a copy of Readers’ Wives magazine to avoid social embarrassment.

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