Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

In March 2017, a new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims was published by the Ministry of Justice and will come into effect on 1 October 2017. The purpose of pre-action protocols is to encourage the engagement of and communication between the parties, to allow information to be exchanged at an early stage and issues identified. By the parties…

Stage 1 Protocol – Money for Nothing?

JC and A Solicitors Limited v Iqbal and others [2017] EWCA Civ 355 A case which confirms what happens to Stage 1 Protocol payments when a matter is not pursued into Stage 2. Until this case, it was arguable that a loophole existed under the old April 2010 RTA Pre-Action Protocol. The case was in…

Indemnity Basis Costs Refused

The County Court at Liverpool has recently refused permission to an insurer to recover costs on an indemnity basis where a GP Expert has agreed to cover the insurer’s costs. If we are to park the indemnity basis point in this matter for a moment, the circumstances of the GP Expert’s involvement in this matter…

25% Deduction From Damages – How can we help?

The year 2013 was tough for the personal injury sector. A number of changes took place in so far as costs were concerned: –          Further fixed costs were implemented. The 65th update amended CPR 45 and introduced Pre-Action Protocols for Low Value RTA and EL/PL claims for claims up to a value of £25,000.00. –         …

Clients’ Statutory Rights Regarding Costs

A case which clarifies the ‘special circumstance’ required for a Judge to go beyond the usual cost consequence of a solicitor/client detailed assessment Fee paying clients have the statutory right to request the detailed assessment of their solicitor’s costs once they have been served with a bill. Under Section 70(9) of the Solicitors Act 1974,…