Costs

VAT on insurance defence work set to increase law firms’ costs

Insurance law firms undertaking defence work for clients under a delegated-authority agreement could face higher VAT bills and potential disputes with clients, accountants hav

Civil Justice Council proposes fixed costs regime for hearing loss claims

Proposals could bring about a more efficient system but must not restrict work required to allow lawyers to bring a claim, say

Litigant in person ordered to pay more than £80,000 in costs

Hourly rates claimed substantially lower than published guideline rates, say

When the norm is unjust

In light of Briggs v CEF Holdings Ltd, Louise Shaw considers when it is unjust to make the usual part 36 order for costs in the event of a lat

Navigating the MoJ portal and fixed costs world

Sarah Robson gives the lowdown on Kerry Underwood ’s new book on personal injury an

Good reason and exceptional circumstances

David Cooper considers when parties may depart from the budget at detailed assessment in light o

A more than half empty glass

Jackson LJ has not addressed the root causes of high costs in clin neg claims, which may lead to serious, unintended consequences for patient safety, explains Pete