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…

MRN’s Top Ten Costs Tips 2020

Retainer Jessica Wiggins – Deputy Head of Costs Get your retainer in order from the outset and review it as the case progresses to ensure it continues to cover the action – this is particularly relevant for commercial clients where the initial retainer may only cover a specific piece of work but the case progresses and…

Your new Costs Expert – Muzna Nadim

Joining our team in Manchester, MRN Solicitors are happy to welcome our newest Costs Solicitor, Muzna Nadim.   After completing her LPC at the University of Law in 2013 Muzna worked as an in-house costs solicitor, gaining experience in a number of areas, including preparing budgets, budget discussion reports, bills of costs, and points of…

SCCO guideline rates not helpful in 2019

Anna Lockyer   Ohpen Operations Ltd v Invesco Fund Managers Ltd O’Farrell J described the lack of change to hourly rates since 2010 as “unsatisfactory” when summarily assessing costs in an application in the case of Ohpen Operations Ltd v Invesco Fund Managers Ltd [2019] EWHC 2504 (TCC). An increase to Senior Courts Costs Office…

Your New Costs Expert – Victoria Yeomans

Joining our team at Leeds, Victoria Yeomans is our newest Costs Solicitor & Senior Costs Draftsman and brings with her experience of almost two decades in costs litigation.   Working in the costs sector since 1998, Victoria has spent her career building her knowledge across the country in a variety of personal injury, clinical negligence,…

Proportionality is not just about money

Vicky Morris   Fullick & Ors v The Commissionaire of Police for the Metropolis The recent case of Fullick & Ors v The Commissionaire of Police for the Metropolis [2019] EWHC 1941 (QB) deals specifically with the question of recoverability of the costs of attending an inquest in successful cases following the Claimant’s death.The recoverability…