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Uncertain times

Rebecca Mogford   Uncertain times? “Do what can be done safely” is the message from the Courts. The Lord Chief Justice has issued guidance which makes it clear that the default position is that Hearings should take place by video or telephone. Furthermore, he believes the rules in both the Civil and Family Courts are…

Contracting out of Fixed Costs – is it possible?

Jack Andrew   Turner -v- Cole The question of whether it is possible to contract out of fixed costs and whether such phrases as ‘costs payable on a standard basis’ or ‘reasonable costs’, constitute any such parties’ intentions, has rumbled on for a number of years in costs litigation. However, one of the latest cases on…

Guideline Hourly Rates look set to be reviewed

Lindsay Woolford   Following the recent publication of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee Minutes from December 2019, it is welcome news that Guideline Hourly Rates look set to be reviewed given that they were last updated nearly ten years ago.   This follows the recent decision of Mrs Justice O’Farrell in Ohpen Operations UK Ltd…

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