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Civil Litigation Section

Costs, Fees and Funding


Hourly rates in retainers: Kerry Underwood on Vilvarajah

22 August 2017By

Kerry Underwood discusses Vilvarajah v West London Law Limited [2017] EWHC 23, in which a senior costs judge slashed costs after deeming a CFA unreasonable and unfair to the client.


Kerry Underwood on Jackson and fixed costsSubscription

11 August 2017By

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.

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Online court: our feedback so far

22 June 2017

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.

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Book review: Kerry Underwood on Personal Injury Small Claims Portals

7 June 2017

Stephen Hines reviews Kerry Underwood’s three-volume guide on all aspects of funding, small claims, the portals and fixed costs.

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Bad news for third party funders: has the tide turned?Subscription

2 June 2017By

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.

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Implementation of electronic bill of costs delayed until 2018

3 July 2017

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.

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