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Costs, Jackson, LASPO: Shaping the Rules into Solution-Focused Answers for Practitioners
Thu 1 March 2018
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
Answers to 22 Thorny Questions: Directly from 3 Costs Judges, 3 Costs Counsel and 2 Managing Partners
5 hrs CPD
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Costs, Jackson, LASPO: Shaping the Rules into Solution-Focused Answers for Costs Lawyers and Litigators
Chaired by: Master Colin Campbell
Colin is a former Costs Judge of the RCJ and Costs Officer of the UKSC. He is contributor to the Green Book, joint editor of Costs Law Reports and general editor of Greenslade on Costs.
Settling before trial
What do you do when you have a costs budget and your case settles before trial?
Do you draft the bill and leave the argument as whether you've stuck to the budget phase figures to the DAH?
Or do you quote Harrison et al and keep it brief?
Answered by: Master Peter Haworth
Peter is a Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office. He was appointed in 2006. Before that he was a solicitor in private practice for 32 years.
Drawing on the BNM appeal, is the Court's approach to proportionality too harsh?
Can it consider conduct?
Does "necessity" still hold as an argument?
Answered by: Alexander Hutton QC
Alexander has "phenomenal command of costs law"; matching it with "the sharpest intellect and best advocacy skills around". He is Chairman of the Hutton committee on the new Bill of Costs.
What is a significant development for the purposes of getting a costs budget increased, with reference to the Harrison litigation?
Do you apply to increase prior to conclusion on the grounds of significant development, or wait and take your chances at assessment to seek an increase for “good reason”?
Answered by: Roger Mallalieu of 4 New Square
Roger is "the best junior counsel in the field of costs". "He's superb. A master in his field". He is co-author of the White Book supplement: "Costs & Funding Following the Civil Justice Reforms".
Why is virtually every budget argued over at the CMC?
Is the CMC the only opportunity to reduce costs?
Is CPR 3.18 preventing the cost control?
How do you agree more budgets?
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.
How is the e-bill going to work in the court and your office?
How will it be managed at detailed assessment?
What information will be obligatory?
How will it mesh with the pre April paper billing?
Answered by: Debbie Burke of Attain Costs Management
Debbie is a member of the Jackson Implementation Committee on the electronic bill of costs. She is a Recipient of the ACL “Chairman’s Cup” in recognition of her services to the Association.
SCCO, mediation, P36
How does mediation fit in now that part 36 unequivocally applies to costs assessments?
What are the options?
Does any route deliver a more certain outcome?
Answered by: Shaman Kapoor of Temple Garden Chambers
Shaman is "absolutely brilliant"; "pragmatic, tough, enthusiastic and efficient". He is a contributing editor to "Greenslade on Costs" and acted in Peters & Peters v Mirchandani.
Fixed Recoverable Costs
Tactically, how will practitioners get the best results for clients out of the FRC regime?
Which band applies?
When can a case change bands?
What if there is an admission of liability?
Answered by: David Marshall of Anthony Gold Solicitors
David is a "real powerhouse" for costs. He is appointed to advise Lord Justice Jackson on his Review of Fixed Recoverable Costs and a member of the CJC's Costs & Funding sub-committee.
Close of Conference
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