Legal costs in litigation and other dispute resolution processes (such as arbitration) are often significant and can be the cause of real concern.
The introduction of the Jackson reforms in April 2013, introducing costs management and other measures to keep control of costs, put a far greater emphasis on dealing with costs pre-emptively rather than after the event. This means solicitors will need to bring in costs expertise from the start of a case to ensure that the budget they will have to submit to the court at an early stage is realistic and defensible
To prepare lawyers to this fast moving area the webinar will discuss:
- Proportionality what is it? When can it be used to depart from a budget?
- Costs budgeting - getting it right
- When can you amend a budget- what is a “significant development?”
- Costs pre budget and incurred costs - what can you claim?
- Indemnity costs
- Costs and late amendments
- Recent cases
- Overturning costs decisions - when is it possible?
- What to look for in the future - pilot scheme for fixed costs?
About the speaker
Joshua Munro, barrister at Hailsham Chambers, is a leading junior in costs, professional negligence, commercial litigation and insurance. For professional negligence, The Legal 500 2015 edition says he is: ‘fiercely intelligent and pulls no punches with the opposition.’ For costs, Chambers UK 2015 says: ’He’s got a very quick mind and speedily assesses how to deal with and head off the issues in a case.’