Autumn 2011

1 – Autumn 2011- The Way We Were – John Foy QC

The Way We Were – John Foy QC

The Jackson and proposed government reforms are based on two fundamental misconceptions. These are that the drivers of increased costs of litigation are success fees and ATE premiums. The truth is that in personal injury litigation the increased costs are the result of higher base costs, which in turn are the consequence of a more sophisticated approach to personal injury litigation which has resulted in fairer compensation to injured victims of accidents…

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Part 36: How to Avoid the Deadly Traps – Professor Dominic Regan

Claimants have nothing less than a legal duty to make Part 36 offers; see para.27 of PAINTING V OXFORD UNIVERSITY (2005) EWCA Civ. 161. Defendants will understandably make offers so as to see off claims. So far, so good. The problem is that the courts have interpreted the Rule in such a way as to make it lethal. Here are some of the pitfalls and ways to try and overcome them…

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The Cost of a Difficult Client – Danny Frost

A common argument face when the question of costs arises is that the amount of time spent attending upon the client is excessive, non-progressive and of a solicitor / client nature. This argument is raised in the majority, if not all cases…

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Jackson LJ Court of Appeal Decision Gives Indication as to Senior Judicial Views Ahead of Reforms – Paul Kay

Against the background of Jackson LJ’s reforms forthcoming enshrinement into statute speculation is rife as to “what and when” the eventual outcome will be. Whilst the latter is hard to predict, (especially in light of recent civil unrest which may place a extra burden on the time of both senior politicians and parliament itself), some interesting decisions are emerging which show what I heard one leading Costs Counsel recently describe as the “mood music” currently coming out of the Court of Appeal…

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The Award of Indemnity Costs – Lee Ellison

Costs awarded to a party on the Indemnity Basis are considered somewhat of a triumph, if a Court has been persuaded that they should apply on a particular case, as is the rarity of such an award…

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Threats & Opportunities: The Future of the Independent Bar – Michael Goodridge

The Bar is witnessing a range of events that include: cuts to public funding and radical reform to how the State funds the justice system; increased rights of audience for solicitors; plus a host of new permitted business structures and a variety of ways to use them…

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Emirates Event

In 2010, R Costings Limited participated in the Platinum Members Trophy at the Emirates Stadium, whereby we came out the winners by beating a team of Arsenal Community Football Coaches on penalties in the final. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Arsenal Football Club decided not to hold that event in 2011, however this in many ways benefited R Costings as it allowed for us to negotiate with Arsenal Football Club for the use of the Emirates pitch for ourselves for a full 90 minute match…

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