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Laura Hibberd considers the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital NHS Trust on the issue of costs budgeting and detailed assessment

The long awaited decision in the case of Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 792 has been released this week providing clarity to the issue of incurred costs at detailed assessment.


The substantive claim…

Natasha Partos on Cost Budgets – unrealistic budgets found to be an abuse of the cost process

On 12th May 2017 The Hon. Mr Justice Coulson handed down his judgement in Findcharm Limited & Churchill Group Limited [2017] EWHC 1108 (TCC).

Findcharm Limited operated a restaurant within the Churchill Hotel in London. In November 2014 there was a gas…

Can a personal injury claim be brought against an unknown driver?

William Dean reviews the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Cameron v Hussain [2017] EWCA Civ 266

What can a claimant do if she is injured in a road traffic accident but she does not know the identity of…

Roberts v Johnstone – where next?

Although the recent reduction in the discount rate has been warmly welcomed by claimant lawyers across the country, there has been a sting in the tail in relation to accommodation claims. Put simply,…

Johnathan Payne reviews a recent decision on tactical cost budgeting

Findcharm Limited v Churchill Group Limited [2017] EWHC 1108 (TCC)

It is often the case that the budget of the Defendant will be substantially less than the budget of the Claimant. For…

The Supreme Court on the limits of the Court of Protection’s powers

In N v A Clinical Commissioning Group & Others [2017] UKSC 22; [2017] 2 WLR 1011 (“In re N (An Adult)”), the Supreme Court considered the limits of the Court of Protection’s substantive and procedural powers, holding that the Court…

Elizabeth Stevens on The Recovery of Costs in the Small Claims Track

As personal injury practitioners will be only too aware, the recovery of costs in the Small Claims Track is extremely limited. The only way that a party can hope to recover more than the minimal sums prescribed in CPR r.27.14 is to…

Jake Richards on ‘Translating Bundles: Who pays the bill?’

In public family proceedings, it is often necessary for numerous documents to be translated. This can produce significant costs for local authorities, privately funded respondent parties and the Legal Aid Agency. Until now, there has been some confusion about who should foot…

Tom Rainsbury on Incorrect Court Fees – Part 3

Doubt has been expressed about the ‘hard-edged’ principle created by Bhatti v Asghar [2016] EWHC 1049.

The case of Dixon v Radley House Partnership [2016] EWHC 2511 involved a contractual dispute involving a property development. Three claims had been submitted to…

Laura Hibberd on Withdrawal of Part 36 Offers by email: Thompson v Reeve & Ors

Following the change in the discount rate earlier this year to -0.75% many Claimants will seek, or indeed have sought, to withdraw Part 36 offers previously made. The case of Thompson v Reeve, heard on 20th March by Master Yoxall,…

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