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Are Costs Judges bound be hourly rate guidelines or can they round up or down at their discretion ?

Are Costs Judges bound be hourly rate guidelines or can they round up or down at their discretion ?

Notwithstanding the Claimant’s selection of a London City Solicitor was found to be reasonable, the hourly rates claimed were reduced significantly.   JXA v Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 1747 (QB) (9 July 2018) The High Court rejected an Appeal against a ruling that hourly rates of the Claimant’s Solicitors in a […]

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Do you lose the right to allege “dis-proportionality of costs” if your own costs are disproportionate ?

Do you lose the right to allege “dis-proportionality of costs” if your own costs are disproportionate ?

“It is inappropriate to judge proportionality only by reference to a notional financial value when money is not the point of the claim.”   Arjomandkhah v Nasrouallahi [2018] EWHC B11 (Costs)         (6 July 2018) Master Leonard, sitting in the Senior Courts Costs Office, rejected the Claimant’s argument that the Defendant’s costs (approximately one-third of the […]

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Appeal of solicitor/own client Bill assessment

Appeal of solicitor/own client Bill assessment

  Hugh Cartwright & Amin v Devoy-Williams & Anor [2018] EWHC 1692 (QB) (4 July 2018) A Law Firm has won the appeal against a detailed assessment of proceedings brought to recover their costs from their former clients. The matter related to a solicitor and own-client assessments where the Appellant’s former Clients, who were themselves […]

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