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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 Supremely Talented Costs Judges and Counsel
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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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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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  UKSC.
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: Master Colum Leonard
Colum Leonard is a member of the Hutton Committee, which introduced the e-bill of costs, and a contributing editor to Butterworths Costs Service.
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.
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