Top Tips 2019

To bring in the new year we’ve asked some of our experts for their top costs tips, which we’ve put together for you into a handy top 10 guide! We hope that you find something new to put into practice in 2019!   Bargain for reductions early! Jessica Wiggins – Wherever possible, negotiate Counsel’s fees…

Part 36 and Payments on Account

In Finnegan v Spiers (t/a Frank Spiers Licensed Conveyancers) [2018] EWHC 3064 (Ch) Mr Justice Birss, on Appeal from the Order of District Judge Kelly, considered the question of whether or not the Court had the power to order a payment on account of costs where a Part 36 offer had been accepted under Rule…

Price to pay for not discussing cost

Ayton v RSM Bentley Jennison and Others [2018] EWCH 2851 (QB)   The Defendant was ordered to pay costs in a professional negligence claim, having rejected the chance to settle costs, where the High Court made an Interim Costs Order in the sum of £430,000.00, and costs were to be assessed on an indemnity basis.…

Are Consent Orders worth it?

Riordan and Ors v Moon Beever Solicitors (a firm) [2018] EWHC 1452 (QB)   Since the introduction of the CPR in 1999 the Courts have had unfettered control to vary any Court Order, including Consent Orders. However, it seems to be the general consensus that where there has been a genuine agreement by both/all parties…