Features – Page 4

  • Chris Jerreries

    Balance needed in costs protection

    25 November 2013

    The key issue is striking the right balance between the laudable aim of ensuring access to justice for all, and the undesirable effect of encouraging vexatious claimants and overburdening our smaller publications. 

  • Benchmark cartoon – budgets

    Variation of budgets – part 1

    18 November 2013

    Christopher Lethem considers an important aspect of the post-Jackson regime.

  • Benchmarks – 28 October

    Costs and litigants in person

    28 October 2013

    Ian Besford outlines the rules and case law on costs for a growing proportion of litigants.

  • New York

    Predictive coding: embracing the new

    21 October 2013

    Law firms cannot afford to ignore the use of machine-learning technology to control costs.

  • Shehzad A. Qureshi

    New Civil Procedure Rules: handmaid or mistress?


    Indulgence can no longer be granted where parties fail to comply with their procedural obligations.

  • cartoon

    Changes to the Pre-Action Protocol

    2 September 2013

    The Pre-Action Protocol for personal injury claims with a value of less than £10,000 arising from road traffic accidents applies to accidents occurring after 30 April 2010, when the protocol, Practice Direction 8B and the fixed costs in part 45 came into force.

  • Calculator and pencil

    DBAs: greater need for expert early case assessment


    It is crucial that prospective claimants get an ‘early case assessment’ of the potential scale of any settlement under Jackson’s new damages-based agreements.

  • Jackson

    Relief from sanctions in costs budgeting


    How the courts are dealing with applications for relief from sanctions imposed under Lord Justice Jackson’s new costs management rules?

  • Masood-Ahmed

    Post-Jackson: enforcing court orders and time limits

    29 July 2013

    The new post-Jackson landscape is beginning to take shape and this is well illustrated by the change in the courts’ approach to the enforcement of court orders and time limits.

  • Feature

    Assessing costs in clinical negligence cases

    22 July 2013

    Clinical negligence practitioners on both the claimant and defendant sides are waiting with bated breath to see how courts will deal with arguments on proportionality.

  • Feature

    Specialist courts under microscope on costs budgeting

    01 July 2013

    Exempting mandatory costs budgeting for claims in excess of £2m may be ‘unnecessary and inappropriate’, a newly established sub-group of the Civil Procedure Rule committee has suggested. An intervention from the Judicial Office in February ensured that high-value commercial cases would be exempt from impending Jackson reforms. It ...

  • Feature

    Costs management

    15 April 2013

    In January 2010 Lord Justice Jackson published his Review of Civil Litigation Costs Final Report. The core recommendations are an interlocking package, and most were implemented on 1 April 2013 in the Civil Procedure (Amendment Rules) 2013, SI 262.