Costs on the Shorter Trial Pilot

As you may be aware, there has been long standing concern with regard to the time taken to bring commercial matters to trial. As a result a pilot has been commenced in the Rolls Buildings Courts (the Patents Court and the Companies Court, the Commercial Court, the London Mercantile Court and the Technology and Construction…

Notice of Right to Cancel

The Court of Appeal’s decision of Cox v Woodlands Manor Home [2015] EWCA Civ 415 has highlighted the importance of compliance with consumer cancellation regulations and its potential fatal implications for the recovery of costs. The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008 (“the 2008 Regulations”) apply to consumer contracts made…

Light on Line Limited & Project Management Lighting Limited v Zumbotel Lighting Limited [2012] EWHC 3376 (QB)

Relief from Sanctions This appeal was brought following three decisions handed down by Master Haworth on detailed assessment of the Claimant’s costs. The first decision confirmed that the Claimant had failed to provide a CPD 32.5(2)(c) compliant statement of additional liabilities, the second decision related to Master Haworth’s decision to refuse relief from sanction under…

Andrew Hurley v Tawanda Makuni – (unreported)

CFAs and the cancellation of contract regulations This particular case concerned the Judgment on a preliminary point in Detailed Assessment proceedings, regarding The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008 and the application of the same to a CFA that limited the costs that the Solicitor could…

Christine Brown-Quinn (1) Webster Dixon LLP & Ors (2) v Equity Syndicate Management Ltd (1) Motorplus Ltd (2)

Overview by Vikki Weinrich-Cooke This case involved issues relating to a Claimant’s freedom to instruct a solicitor of his own choosing as provided for under EU Directive and Statute. The circumstances at first instance related to the Appellants’ restriction of freedom of choice as prescribed by Statute. The Appellants had the benefit of Legal Expenses…