Author Archives: Jack Andrew

Provisional Assessment – Is it working?

It has been over a year now since the implementation of provisional assessments, one of the recommendations made by LJ Jackson. The aim of the reforms was to introduce a way of dealing with contested costs (in cases where the amount of costs claimed is £75,000.00 or less) quickly and efficiently for both the court […]

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Case Review: Kilby v Brown (Birkenhead County Court 2014)

Introduction Claimant solicitors who deal with disputed medical expert fees and commonly use the Part 7 & Part 8 procedure will no doubt be aware of the recent, first instance decision in the case of Kilby v Brown (2014). Facts/Circumstances The case involved a low-value RTA case, which District Judge Peake described as “a couple […]

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Guideline hourly rates – Guidelines not Tramlines

This week, we focus on the often misunderstood topic of The Supreme Court Costs Office (SCCO) Guideline Hourly Rates. There is more misunderstanding about the SCCO rates than in any other aspect of costs. Quite simply they do not apply to anything other than summary assessment.

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Quick out of the blocks? Christie defendant disqualified for budget false start

In the case of Burt v Linford Christie, District Judge Lumb made the decision to not accept the cost budget of the Defendant, as it was filed after the deadline had passed.

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