The Ministry of Justice’ statistics for the work of the Senior Court Costs Office gives the following: Senior Courts Costs Office Number of costs bills assessed, by type of case giving rise to the bill, 2006–2010 Number of bills Type of case 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 ‘Between parties’ assessments 2,459 2,205 1,888 1,788 1,788 […]
By how much is the average claim for costs reduced? When I started in costs law, back in 1997, average savings for volume legal costs negotiating work in insurance personal injury claims was in the region of 21-23%. With the advent of claims management firms, ATE premiums and success fees, that rose at one stage
For those claimant lawyers who submit reasonable claims for legal costs (God bless both of you) I am sure that it is often hard to understand the apparently irrational rants from defendants about excessive claims for costs. Some will also struggle to understand why Lord Justice Jackson, after extensive investigations, concluded that there was something
A recent comment on a LinkedIn discussion forum raised the issue of whether the proposed changes to the Part 36 rules and the formal reversal of Carver v BAA were sensible. The proposed changes will make clear that where a money offer is beaten at trial, by however small a margin, the costs sanctions applicable
Costs Lawyer magazine recently listed a bumper number of those applying to join the Association of Costs Lawyers as new members. The ACL has also called for new tutors to help with the 100+ new students who will be inducted in September. This is a totally unprecedented number and remarkable for such a small body.
On a fairly regular basis I receive unsolicited CVs from costs drafting recruitment firms. I received one the other day in respect of an individual who had completed the LPC in 2009. In December 2009 they had started work for a costs drafting firm, giving them, by my calculations, 17-18 months experience. Apparently the average
Further to my post last week about the lawyers accused of legal aid fraud, readers may be interested to hear the outcome of the trial (particularly the anonymous reader who posted a comment asking if I “actually have the facts about the costs draftsman or are you basing your judgement of what Metro reported?”. The
The Law Society Gazette recently had an advice section on CFA precedents for CFAs with counsel which stated: “APIL/PIBA 6 was drafted specifically with PI and clinical negligence proceedings in mind where the solicitor is also working under terms with his client (on the Law Society model agreement). It is an industry-wide agreement and there