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Costs podcast

By on May 12, 2021 | 0 comments

The latest podcast from the Practico “Costs chat with friends” series features Andrew Hogan and covers a number of interesting costs issues.  Available via: Video – https://youtu.be/JluOwGBASyU Audio Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/user-144902971/2021-05-05-costs-chat-with-friends-andrew-hogan-with-jeremy-morgan-qc-and-andy-ellis Audio Spotify  – https://open.spotify.com/episode/4xffxvZwu6CN2l4RbCgkc1?si=383bfae2ecbc4a3b Audio iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/practico-the-podcost-series/id1445931706#episodeGuid=tag%3Asoundcloud%2C2010%3Atracks%2F1046097754 A pleasant and convenient way to pick up some free CPD...

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Costs training during lockdown

By on Apr 9, 2020 | 0 comments

Congratulations to all the speakers and The Legal Training Consultancy for managing to proceed with the Solicitor and Client Costs Conference last week. The event was live streamed over Zoom with the speakers giving their talks from their respective lockdowns. There were some inevitable comic moments with technical issues but, to be fair, most of these came from the delegates rather than the speakers.  (My tip for delegates at these conferences is to watch via a desktop computer with any microphone and webcam unplugged.  Anything else is just asking for...

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Legal Costs Central

By on Nov 1, 2019 | 0 comments

I’ve run a complete overhaul on Legal Costs Central (the one-stop gateway to legal costs information on the internet) part of our website.  This has updated all the relevant rules and fixed a number of broken links. Let me know if there is anything else I should be adding.

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White Paper Costs Conference

By on Jan 23, 2019 | 0 comments

The White Paper Conference Company has lined up another excellent costs conference on Costs Litigation: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients on 13 March 2019.  The speakers include: Regional Costs Judge Ian Besford, Alexander Hutton QC, Judith Ayling (39 Essex Street), Roger Mallalieu (4 New Square), David Marshall (Anthony Gold Solicitors), Alice Nash (Hailsham Chambers), Master Jason Rowley, and PJ Kirby QC. Priced at just £249 plus VAT including lunch and refreshments.  Book at: https://whitepaper.co.uk/conferences/costs19/...

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Friston on Costs

By on Jan 9, 2019 | 2 comments

Shortly before Christmas the new edition of Friston on Costs landed on my doormat.  Obviously, I do not mean that literally.  They have yet to design a letterbox large enough for a book this size and, if you order online, the description has a two-person delivery symbol beside it to indicate the number needed to carry it. The first edition of this book, still less than 10 years old, ran to 1,245 pages ignoring the preface and contents pages.  This third edition comes in at 2,138 pages and now comes in a heavy cloth binding. Fortunately, this is not a case of “never mind the quality, feel the width”. Since the second edition was published (in 2012), the costs world has seen a continuous stream of new case law.  This is all seamlessly introduced into the new edition.  However, more importantly, the intervening period has also seen the introduction of the Jackson reforms.  This led to major changes to the cost rules, the introduction of entirely new areas of costs procedure (such as costs budgeting) and the inevitable explosion of further case law on the new procedures.  This new edition is therefore not simply a general update but is, in large part, a comprehensive rewrite. The overall scope of the book is an encyclopaedic as ever.  This will be the first port of call for research by all costs practitioners and costs judges.  (I have already found it indispensable to securing a win on a point of principle.)  No topic – however obscure – appears to have been overlooked. This latest addition includes more general commentary on costs law – from both the author and other legal commentators – than previous editions.  This is welcome.  The fact that there is generally only a finite amount of case law from the higher courts on costs law, combined with the fact that much of the Jackson reforms are still settling in, means that any guidance or thoughts from respected costs experts is to be warmly embraced. Unfortunately, advocates are unlikely to want to carry a copy of this book to court in addition to a copy of the White Book.  (Did I mention the size of Friston on Costs?)  Fortunately, the...

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