Government consults on introducing fixed recoverable costs for claims up to £100,000

On 28 March 2019, the government published a consultation seeking views on implementing the proposals in Lord Justice Jackson’s report on fixed recoverable costs (“FRC”) for civil claims, which was published on 31 July 2017 (see this post). The consultation will be open until 6 June 2019. Lord Justice Jackson’s report recommended extending the current … Read more

High Court makes non-party costs order against liability insurer

In a recent decision, the High Court has made a non-party costs order against a law firm’s professional indemnity insurer, in circumstances where the insurer had effectively relinquished control of the defence of the litigation: Various Claimants v Giambrone & Law [2019] EWHC 34 (QB). The decision illustrates that the court’s discretion to order costs … Read more

Capped costs pilot to start 14 January for claims up to £250,000

A voluntary capped costs pilot will run for two years from 14 January 2019 for cases valued at between £100,000 and £250,000 in the London Circuit Commercial Court (formerly the Mercantile Court) and the business and property courts in Manchester and Leeds. Based on the capped costs regime in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court, … Read more