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Howard is director of costs at Keoghs and has additional responsibilities in sales, client relationship management and as a member of Keoghs’ market and public affairs team.
He has specialised in defendant insurance litigation since being admitted as a solicitor in 1994. Howard has significant experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims arising from road traffic accident claims. He deals with high value and strategic costs litigation and is highly experienced having represented parties in many of the landmark costs cases.
Howard has been heavily involved in civil justice reform and sat on the Civil Justice Council Jackson reforms working group advising on Qualified one way Costs Shifting, Part 36, Proportionality and Litigation funding.
He has been appointed to the Ministry of Justice Whiplash Reform working party to advise upon the introduction of a fixed tariff of compensation payments for whiplash claims.
Latest Insights by Howard Dean
Client Alerts 11/01/2021
The CJC working party on Guideline Hourly Rates (“GHR”) have prepared a draft report which is open for public consultation between 8 January and 31 March 2021.
Welcome to the eighth issue of Costs aware. In this issue we cover a number of areas including misguided inflationary increases to Guideline Hourly Rates. There is also a feature on data claims, an area that's become the focus of many claimant firms in 2020.
Client Alerts 09/12/2020
Guideline Hourly Rates have remained unchanged since 2010 and changes recommended in 2014 were never implemented. The Court of Appeal recently suggested an approach to ensuring future rates reflect reality and take inflation into account.
Client Alerts 07/09/2020
The Civil Justice Council have founded a Guideline Hourly Rates Working Group, chaired by Mr Justice Stewart QC to conduct an evidence-based review of the basis and amount of the guideline hourly rates with a view to reporting by the end of 2020.
It’s fair to say that the costs budgeting regime has achieved some success in containing costs before they are incurred. It works well in a properly budgeted case that follows the anticipated trajectory to resolution. The case will have satisfied the assumptions made against which the budget was drafted and followed the procedural course set out in court directions.
The proportionality test has reached its 21st birthday, having been introduced in the Woolf Reforms and implemented in the CPR in 1999. Despite its age, no one really knows what it means or how it is supposed to work in practice.