DBAs: No longer MIA?

Damage based Agreements (DBAs), also known as Contingency Fee Agreements, were permitted to be used in contentious work from the 1 April 2013 following the recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson.  However, the lack of firms taking up the option was striking and the Master of the Rolls was asked to undertake a review of…

Jones -v- Spire Healthcare

Who would have thought that one piece of paper would cost so much to a firm of Solicitors? For a long time people have assigned retainers, more specifically conditional fee agreements from one firm of Solicitors to another; however the recent case of Jones has created a storm amongst the already unclear issue of retainers. The case…

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…