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Posts made in November, 2010

Legal costs seminar

By on Nov 17, 2010 | 0 comments

I see that Dr Mark Friston & Professor Dominic Regan are giving a seminar on the future of the legal marketplace and the impact of Gibbon on Part 36 settlements at the end of the month for those up North (see link).

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MoJ Jackson consultation paper published

By on Nov 16, 2010 | 0 comments

The Ministry of Justice’s consultation paper on implementing Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals has now been published. This contains some interesting suggestions for minor amendments to Jackson’s recommendations but the main thrust of the consultation is that recoverability of success fees and ATE premiums will end combined with the introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting and an increase in general damages. Further information available on Legal Futures and the Law Society Gazette sites. Of course, claimant lawyers might be able to persuade the government during the consultation process that the whole thing is a terrible...

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Tweet tweet

By on Nov 15, 2010 | 1 comment

There has been a long-running debate on the Law Society’s LinkedIn Group on the question of “what do Solicitors Practices really have to tweet about”. I have to admit that I have never really understood the whole Twitter concept, especially for a law firm (and this would include law costs draftsmen). There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, I share the traditional lawyer mindset and can’t see the point in saying something in 140 characters or less if you could say it equally well in 5,000 words. Those readers who’ve seen me in court will know my advocacy style is not dissimilar. Secondly, the size of a tweet is so small that it barely allows for commentary or analysis on any given subject much beyond: “This me like”. I also can’t begin to describe how banal most of things that are written on Twitter really are, including those by law firms and legal marketing consultants. Apologies if you tweet yourself and this is the kind of thing you write, but I just don’t get it: “I’m just off to make a cup of coffee now” “My train is pulling into Reading station” “Great result for Arsenal at the weekend” I don’t even really see the point in tweets that say things like: “Great day in court today” “We’ve just secured an important new client” This might just be me. When I worked in an office I never understood it when people would come over to my desk first thing on a Monday morning and ask if I had had a good weekend. Why should they care about my weekend? I certainly didn’t care about theirs. If someone has done something genuinely interesting over the weekend then, by all means, share. But I never understood the desire for tedious small-talk. 99% of Twitter seems to fall into this category, only written by people you know on a personal level about as well as you know the photocopier repair man.  Famous twitterer (or should that be twit?) Stephen Fry apparently follows over 53,000 people.  I don’t expect to meet that many people in my lifetime.  Why would anyone want to know what 53,000 people have just had for breakfast?...

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The next costs QC?

By on Nov 12, 2010 | 2 comments

Dominic Regan’s Blog tips Mark Friston as one of a handful of spectacular prospects at the junior bar who will soon become silks. Dr Friston is also about to be elevated to Costs Lawyer status.  I wonder which prospect excites him most.

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Major Oxford Study into Litigation Funding and Costs

By on Nov 11, 2010 | 0 comments

Dr Christopher Hodges and Professor Stefan Vogenauer of Oxford University have just published a major international study into litigation funding and costs. The project has already proven influential in contributing to the Review of Civil Litigation Costs in England and Wales conducted by Lord Justice Jackson earlier this year. The authors go on to recommend that, “If governments wish to deliver wider access to justice in those cases where proportionate cost is particularly important, they should introduce tariffs for lawyers’ fees, introduce efficient case management techniques in the civil courts, and devise alternative pathways for dispute resolution that deliver cheaper or more efficient solutions.” The full report is available here:...

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