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Costs Aware 4
Costs Aware has reached its fourth issue, with all the latest news from the costs team. Download the full document or click on one of the articles below.
Director of Costs, Howard Dean, addresses the costs management regime and queries whether it is delivering savings in costs and court time.
It is perhaps no secret that reducing the scope for significant and expensive costs disputes - ergo saving court time - is the real ethos behind introducing costs budgeting. Ben Petrecz take a closer look.
Paul Edwards, Director and team leader at Keoghs’ Liverpool office, provides an update on proportionality in costs.
Associate, Elizabeth King, explains how she arrived in the costs team and champions the rewarding aspects of this area of law.
Whalley v Advantage Insurance (Kingston Upon Hull, 5 October 2017) involved the late acceptance by the defendant of a Part 36 offer made by the claimant in a case to which fixed costs applies.
Loved by some but hated by others, costs management has become a central feature of litigation in the post-Jackson world – and it is here to stay.
In an eagerly awaited judgment, the Court of Appeal overturned the County Court decision of District Judge Besford and ruled that a pre-LASPO CFA could be validly transferred from one firm to another so as to preserve the right to recover success fees where the claimant and both firms of solicitors expressly agreed.
Following the Court of Appeal’s finding (Sharp v Leeds City Council  EWCA Civ 33) that the fixed costs regime applies to the costs of a pre-action disclosure application, an issue arose as to whether a claimant is entitled to recover “advocates costs” in circumstances where no advocacy was provided.