Fixed Costs in Road Traffic Accidents

The new fixed costs regime was brought in over 3 years ago, the new regime captured claims with values up to £25,000.00 and claims which had been litigated; such claims would not have been subject to the ‘old’ predictive costs II ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS – FIXED RECOVERABLE COSTS which runs from CPR 45.9 to CPR…

Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole [2017] EWHC 924 (Ch)

A case concerning the circumstance when a costs order will be made against a director personally There are circumstance when the Court can exercise its discretion and award the costs of litigation against a non-party. In this case a dissolved company (the Claimant) sought a limitation direction in order to recover disputed invoices rendered to…

Jago v Whitbread

A case in which costs were slashed as a result of poor conduct on the part of the receiving party during cost litigation. When I studied Civil Litigation on my LPC, I had already been drafting Bills of Costs for almost 2 years, though I didn’t consider myself particularly experienced. I was surprised therefore, when…

Choudhury v Markerstudy

A case which sheds light on when litigation services are deemed to have commenced and the impact this has on retainers At the end of March 2013, many clients were signed up by Claimant solicitor practices in order that they be able to fund their claim via pre-LASPO arrangements. Most significantly allowing for the recovery…

Merrix Update

The landmark decision in Merrix v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust [2017] 346 (QB) (article here) will not be appealed for commercial reasons With the impact of Merrix being so significant, a further appeal was widely expected. In a somewhat surprising move however the NHS has elected not to do so. While the initial assumption may be that there…

Understanding Fixed Costs in EL/PL Cases

The ‘new’ fixed costs regime for EL/PL cases was introduced nearly three years ago and people are still understandably unsure as to the full extent of the highly convoluted CPR 45. CPR 45 is split into two relevant Sections for EL/PL costs; Section III THE PRE-ACTION PROTOCOLS FOR LOW VALUE PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS IN ROAD…