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22 January 2020 What we have learned about costs claims in child abuse cases

The Courts are slowly accepting that these cases are very much now in the mainstream of litigation, they still do have their quirks which many judges consider separate them from the pool of general personal injury litigation.

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20 November 2018 Part 36: the provision that keeps on giving (or taking away…)

Part 36 of the Civil Procure Rules (CPR) 1998 is a Rule which never fails to surprise.

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14 January 2016 QOCS - what you need to know

Qualified one way costs shifting (QOCS) is where a successful defendant cannot recover their costs from the losing claimant, expect in a selection of very precise circumstances.

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14 January 2016 The evolution of proportionality

One of the biggest challenges faced by Lord Justice Jackson in his reforms to the civil costs landscape was how to make costs proportionate.

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14 January 2016 Coventry & Others v Lawrence & Others

For what was supposed to be the pinnacle case of the old regime - ultimately concluding that the payment of additional liabilities had offended the human rights of every defendant who had ever been obliged to pay them - it was all a bit of a damp squib.

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6 September 2013 Elvanite Full Circle Ltd v AMEC Earth & Environmental (UK) Ltd

In a case run under the costs management pilot in the Birmingham Mercantile and Technology Court the court dismissed the claimant’s claim and allowed one element of the defendant’s counterclaim in the modest sum of £3,500.

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6 September 2013 Summary Assessments on Costs Budgets

One of the criticisms of the new rules on costs budgeting has been the additional time spent at the commencement of a case in fixing the budget.

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