APIL calls for big uplift in guideline hourly rates

The guideline hourly rates (GHR) should be increased by nearly a fifth if access to justice is going to be protected, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed. Meanwhile, City solicitors have accused the Civil Justice Council (CJC) costs committee investigating the GHR of pursuing a “flawed” approach that, if implemented, could reduce…

JAGJIT BAMRAH v GEMPRIDE LIMITED

A Warning on Funding Enquiries and Hourly Rates – Get them right or suffer the Costs Consequences Background This was a case for personal injury resulting from a tripping accident occurring in 2008. The matter was conducted by 2 parties, firstly by Falcon Legal Service ltd, through whom the Claimant trades as a sole practitioner,…

Finglands Coachways Ltd v O’Hare [2014] EWHC 1513 (QB)

‘Is Proportionality still relevant?’ In Finglands Coachways Ltd v O’Hare, the Claimant was pursuing a £3m-plus claim for personal injury. However when the locus expert changed his mind regarding the version of events, the Claimant discontinued. The Defendant thereafter served a bill totalling £60,101.00 which following detailed assessment by District Judge Iyer was reduced to…

Indemnity Costs v Costs Budgets

The case of Kellie v Wheatley & Lloyd Architects Ltd, a recent decision from the Technology and Construction Court, potentially increases the significance of obtaining an order for indemnity costs. During costs management the Defendant’s costs budget had been reduced from over £140,000 to £91,700. The Defendant was then successful and claimed over £166,000 in…