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.
Stephen Hines reviews Kerry Underwood’s three-volume guide on all aspects of funding, small claims, the portals and fixed costs.
Kerry Underwood looks at two recent decisions from the English and Irish courts, which could signify a turning of the tide for third party funding.
Tobias Haynes, solicitor at FS Legal, explains why damages-based agreements (DBAs) are ripe for reevaluation as a means of promoting access to justice and a better value funding option.
The 88th update to the Civil Procedure Rules (SI 2017/95) makes several important changes which will all come into force by 6 April. Cait Sweeney looks at the pivotal developments.
Kerry Underwood, at the request of Lord Justice Jackson, sets out his proposals for the extension of fixed recoverable costs to all civil work of all kinds up to a maximum value of £250,000, but with the ability to be extended to all claims without a limit on value.
In Essar Oilfield Services v Norscot Rig Management the High Court upheld the decision of the arbitrator in an ICC arbitration to allow the recovery of the costs of third party funding in addition to the award of costs and damages.
The government is consulting until 17 January on extending fixed recoverable costs across civil litigation. If implemented, they will represent some of the greatest changes for civil litigators since the 19th century, says Kerry Underwood.