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Civil Litigation Section

Costs, Fees and Funding


BTE insurance: Absolute right to own solicitor at all times

29 November 2017By

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.


The new Bill of Costs - you're probably going to like it, actually

29 November 2017

Are you ready for the new electronic Bill of Costs? Kevin Wonnacott is confident that it will be well-received by civil litigators.

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Third party funding: a solicitor's perspective

24 November 2017By

Committee member Alison Kirby ponders the third party funding landscape as 2017 draws to a close.


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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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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