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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 07/09/2021
The Government has responded to the 2019 consultation paper ‘Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases: Implementing Sir Rupert Jackson’s Proposals’. The Government consulted on the following proposals: 1. Extending FRC to all other civil cases in the fast track, up to a value of £25,000 in damages; 2. A new process and FRC for NIHL claims; 3. Expanding the fast track to include simpler ‘intermediate’ cases valued between £25,000–£100,000 in damages; and 4. The introduction of costs budgeting in ‘heavy’ JRs
Client Alerts 18/08/2021
The Master of the Rolls has accepted the changes recommended by the Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) working group on Guideline Hourly Rates (GHR), and has asked that the recommendations are implemented, with a view to the new guide being used from 1 October 2021.
Client Alerts 19/03/2021
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claimants appeal after the defendant had bettered their Part 36 offers. Keoghs represented the defendant at both the trial and appeal, Howard Dean comments on this excellent result and the potential implications on future cases.
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.