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Costs Litigation: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients

  • Thursday, 25th June 2020
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 Supremely Talented Costs Judges and Counsel

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Costs litigation: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients

    Chaired by: Master Colin Campbell

    Colin sits as a Deputy Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office. He sat as a Costs Judge from 1996 to 2015 and served as Costs Officer of the UKSC and of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

  3. Proportionality

    What is the “appropriate approach” to the proportionality test following the Court of Appeal's decision in West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust?

    Answered by: Roger Mallalieu of 4 New Square

    Roger is "quite simply the best junior counsel for costs." "He's superb. A master in his field, thinking of all things from all angles." He acted in West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

  4. Incurred costs

    What are the ramifications of changes to Practice Direction 3E, the cut off between incurred and budgeted costs?

    What are the work-arounds?

    Answered by: Master Jason Rowley

    Jason is a Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office. He is co-author of ‘Cook on Costs’.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Hybrid DBAs

    How newsworthy are hybrid DBAs for clients, in terms of (1) costs recovery, (2) the indemnity principle, (3) satellite litigation and (4) third party insurance?

    Answered by: Professor Rachael Mulheron

    Rachael prepared the 2019 redrafted version of the regulations governing DBAs along with Nick Bacon QC. She chaired the CJC’s Civil Litigation Review Working Party in 2015.

  7. Cost budgeting

    In light of Barts Health v Salmon, what - right now - amounts to a good reason for departing from a cost budget for the receiving party and the paying party?

    Answered by: Alexander Hutton QC of Hailsham Chambers

    Alexander has "phenomenal command of costs law," matching it with "the sharpest intellect around." He chaired the Hutton Committee on the E-Bill and acted in Barts Health v Salmon.

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Part 36 offers

    How is the Court responding to the injustice test and the power to allow a partial award that enhances the effectiveness of a part 36 offer?

    Answered by: Sarah Lambert QC of 1 Crown Office Row

    Sarah sits as a Deputy Costs Judge in the SCCO and is co-author of ‘Wasted Costs and Costs against Non-Parties’. She drafted the claimant’s costs submissions in Poole BC v GN [2019] UKSC.

  11. Electronic bills

    Despite the controversy and hullabaloo, how is the E-bill working on provisional and detailed assessment?

    What is best practice for points of dispute, replies, lodging paperwork before and during the assessment?

    Answered by: District Judge Ian Besford

    Ian was appointed as District Judge in 1999 and Regional Costs Judge for the North East in 2005. Before that he was a solicitor in private practice and principal of a cost drafting firm.

  12. Solicitor-client disputes

    What unresolved issues remain - both legal and practical - over the termination of a CFA following the spate of recent cases including Roman v AXA and Walsh v Greystone Financial Services?

    Answered by: Erica Bedford of Kings Chambers

    Erica is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." She is advising the NHSLA on allegations of dishonesty over detailed assessment proceedings under CPR44.11.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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