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Jackson reforms will spark rise in solicitor/own client disputes, costs specialists warn

The Jackson reforms will lead to a rise in the number of costs disputes between solicitors and their clients, as well as demand for help with costs management, specialist costs lawyers have predicted.

June 25th, 2012 | No Comments »

News in brief: LeO apology, barrister ‘first’, interest on costs ruling and CLC chief leaves

Our latest news round-up reports on an apology over the sudden change in the Legal Ombudsman’s address, which affects all lawyers, a unique agreement between a law firm and a barrister, a crucial ruling on interest on costs, and the exit of the CLC’s chief executive.

February 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on News in brief: LeO apology, barrister ‘first’, interest on costs ruling and CLC chief leaves

Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda

An investigation into the benefits of cross-examination and disclosure could be next on the costs reform agenda, the Master of the Rolls has indicated. At the same time, an interim report into the national costs management pilot has found signs that it is producing benefits.

February 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda

Government county court reforms assailed from all sides

The government’s plans to reform the county courts have attracted criticism from both claimant and defendant lawyers as well as costs specialists – albeit for different reasons, with the lack of detail a particular bugbear.

February 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

News in brief: solicitors, accountants and IFAs join forces, "ABSs are future for conveyancing", and more

Our latest news round-up takes in an innovative partnership to combine financial, taxation and legal advice, an update on ABS applications, the role for ABSs in the conveyancing market, growing fraud claims against solicitors, support for provisional assessment, and new blood at the OLC.

February 1st, 2012 | Comments Off on News in brief: solicitors, accountants and IFAs join forces, "ABSs are future for conveyancing", and more

£105m Trafigura costs dispute settles, leaving lawyers seeking clarity on interest

The dispute over Leigh Day & Co’s £105m costs bill in the Trafigura litigation has settled before it could reach the Supreme Court, it has emerged, leaving costs specialists frustrated that the question of the date from which interest on costs runs remains unresolved.

January 18th, 2012 | No Comments »

"Unprecedented rise" in number of students training to become costs lawyers

The number of people choosing to train as a costs lawyer has almost doubled during 2011 as the impact of several major forces – including the Jackson reforms and the Legal Services Act – are felt in the costs sector, the Association of Costs Lawyers has reported.

December 7th, 2011 | Comments Off on "Unprecedented rise" in number of students training to become costs lawyers

New legal regulator takes the reins

The professional standards of costs lawyers will in future be independently assured after the Costs Lawyer Standards Board this week became their approved regulator. They can become partners in LDPs and are within the Legal Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.

November 4th, 2011 | No Comments »

BTE ruling “does not provide solicitors with a blank cheque”, top insurer warns

Last week’s High Court ruling on the rates before-the-event legal expenses insurers should pay non-panel law firms “does not provide a blank cheque” to solicitors, a leading provider has warned. But ACL chief says it offers new opportunities for solicitors.

November 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

Jackson backs ACL’s progress in reforming the way solicitors bill their costs

Lord Justice Jackson has urged an Association of Costs Lawyers working group looking at a new way of presenting solicitors’ costs to continue its work “with all due expedition”. It says costs should be presented by reference to ‘phases, tasks and activities’.

October 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments »