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The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary

Grade C fee earner

By on Jul 8, 2013 | 7 comments

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: Grade C fee earner n. (1) solicitors with less than 4 years post qualification experience, legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience (2) the office cat

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Summary assessment

By on Jul 22, 2011 | 0 comments

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: Summary assessment n. similar to detailed assessment but with the advocacy conducted by those with no knowledge of legal costs law and overseen by a judge with even less knowledge of the relevant law and no time to properly perform the task in any event. The outcome of which is less predictable than the winner of a race down a windowpane between two...

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After-the-event (ATE) premium

By on Apr 28, 2011 | 7 comments

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: After-the-event (ATE) premium n. a sum of money paid or payable for insurance against the risk of incurring a costs liability in proceedings. The premium is rarely paid at the outset and usually not paid at all if the claim is unsuccessful. The amount of the premium payable is often arbitrarily concocted as the case progresses and subsequently adjusted to whatever figure the court arbitrarily allows. An amount which market forces have never knowingly...

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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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Costs monkey

By on Sep 21, 2010 | 1 comment

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: Costs monkey n. (derog.) what you get when you pay peanuts.  

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Regional Costs Judge

By on Aug 27, 2010 | 0 comments

A further definition from The (Alternative) Legal Costs Dictionary: Regional Costs Judge n. a District Judge who, after a night of heavy drinking, thought they were volunteering to organise a wine tasting trip to the Loire Valley and is subsequently too embarrassed to admit their mistake or that they do not know the first thing about costs...

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