Deborah Burke is a managing associate at Practico Ltd. She is a member of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Section and Civil Justice committees. She was the chair of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) working group which produced the ‘Modernising Bills of Costs’ report in 2011 and is a founding member of the Hutton Committee which developed the electronic bill of costs.
Deborah Burke discusses ideas from a recent white paper on how to improve the detailed assessment process, and offers tips on getting to grips with electronic filing (or e-filing).
In Savings Advice Ltd, Master Howarth found that factual statements as to the amount of costs used in mediations could be used in subsequent assessment proceedings. Does this mean not everything in a mediation stays secret, asks Deborah Burke.