Kerry Underwood provides an update on getting your client retainer right, including how to avoid challenges under the Solicitors Act 1974, notice of the right to cancel, and explaining the funding agreement
The new electronic bill of costs is here. Claire Green of the Association of Costs Lawyers explains why you shouldn’t panic.
Whether you or your firm do pro bono work or not, it is important to know about pro bono costs, says Toby Brown.
Kerry Underwood dissects two recent judgments that could have significant implications for third party funders.
A European court has ruled that a legal expenses insurer’s terms and conditions were incompatible with the Solvency II Directive, and that the claimant had a free choice of lawyer under a contract of legal expense insurance. Kerry Underwood’s response? Don’t take no for an answer from BTE insurers.
Are you ready for the new electronic Bill of Costs? Kevin Wonnacott is confident that it will be well-received by civil litigators.
Committee member Alison Kirby ponders the third party funding landscape as 2017 draws to a close.
Kerry Underwood discusses Vilvarajah v West London Law Limited  EWHC 23, in which a senior costs judge slashed costs after deeming a CFA unreasonable and unfair to the client.
Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed costs was published on 31 July, recommending that fixed recoverable costs should apply to claims valued up to £25k. While this is a significant scaling back of his earlier proposals to apply fixed costs for all claims up to £250k, Kerry Underwood says Jackson’s report still represents a ‘revolution’. Here, he lists the incoming changes, and what litigators should be doing now in practice.
Law Society policy adviser Alice Owen and Section committee members James Perry and Raj Rai were invited to a demonstration of a prototype of the online court last month. Here, they explain what they saw - and why there is still much work to be done.