Costs

Costs comeback

Kerry Underwood considers how the costs landscape appears set to change in the coming months

06 Jul 2020

Guideline hourly rates to be reviewed and updated

A long-awaited review into the solicitors’ guideline hourly rates is underway following mounting pressure from lawyers and judges

17 Apr 2020

By the hour

The courts are starting to recognise that the guideline hourly rates need updating, says Francis Kendall

25 Feb 2020

No equality of arms

The hostile costs environment is unfair to solicitors facing regulatory investigation and SDT proceedings, says Susanna Heley

10 Feb 2020

The cost of solicitors’ bills

There are opportunities for costs lawyers in challenging solicitors’ bills, but Claire Green says they are also the answer to th

02 Oct 2019

Fighting apathy: the data behind costs reforms

With the government intending to extend fixed recoverable costs further, it’s essential litigators engage with current and future reforms, urges Franci

08 May 2019

MOJ launches fixed recoverable costs consultation

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on extending fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in civil cases worth up t

28 Mar 2019

Beautiful data: analytics can help us ask ourselves the right questions

Reporting systems only give us poor averages about the likely cost or duration of a case, argues Alan Larkin as he mines client data for more accurat

01 Mar 2019

Thoroughly modern disclosure

A new pilot scheme intends to bring about a change in attitude to disclosure but its success will require commitment from all concerned, says Francesc

01 Feb 2019