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Costs Aware 2
Litigation in the area of costs is being fought with increasing intensity, with new issues arising soon after a point has finally been decided. With that in mind, we have a wide range of articles in this issue from various members of Keoghs' costs team, addressing the latest behaviours and case law affecting insurers in this area.
If you have any queries about articles featured in this issue please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the contributors listed in the publication.
Costs Negotiator, Kayla Rees, looks at recent case law affecting orders for interim payments on account of costs.
Ben Petrecz and Howard Dean discuss approved costs budgeting and detailed assessment questioning the merits of each.
On the 15th September the Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice, and the Senior President of Tribunals published a joint statement on their shared vision for the future of Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service.
In the first of two articles, Hayley Blackburn examines a common behaviour where claimant solicitors bring proceedings on an individual basis for linked claimants, increasing costs for insurers as a result.
Yvonne Booth questions whether the costs of attending an inquest should be recoverable in the context of a civil claim?
Claimants have long been pushing for defendants to be penalised in indemnity costs for accepting genuine offers of settlement out of time. The number of applications based merely upon the fact of late acceptance is steadily growing resulting in first instance decisions for both sides.
Elaine Pitt looks at Part 36 offers and the difficulty involved with "genuine attempts to settle".
On 13 October, before Regional Costs Judge, District Judge Lumb, it was decided that a “good reason” to depart downwards from an approved budget is not needed upon detailed assessment.
Hayley Blackburn tackles a second issue involving court fees that could impact indemnity spend.