Hourly Rates in summary for 2020

Rebecca Mogford   Over the last few months we have had a flurry of activity from various cases and commentary from the judiciary on hourly rates. With what has been a challenging year at times for the legal industry, these developments have been warmly received. As previously mentioned in our articles Master Gordon Saker pushing in…

Does an “avalanche” of additional disclosure represent a significant development pursuant to CPR 3.15A?

Gemma Taylor   BDW Trading Ltd v Lantoom Ltd [2020] Costs LR 1597 In this recent Technology and Construction Court (Queen’s Bench Division) case, Mr Justice Kerr considered whether a substantial increase of disclosure ought to be considered a significant development and whether or not the “knock-on effect” to other phases, such as witness evidence,…

When will the Court exercise their discretion to order a Litigant in Person to file a budget? Rarely if CJ & LK Perk Partnership -v- Royal Bank of Scotland is anything to go by.

Kathryn Regan   It has been drilled into litigators over the past 7 years that all parties are required to file and exchange budgets in Part 7 multi-track cases, save for the excepted cases under CPR 3.12(1). All parties except for Litigants in Person that is. Recently a represented party issued an application against a…