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.
The implementation for the new electronic bill of costs has been delayed until April 2018, following the most recent meeting of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee.