DO COSTS ALWAYS FOLLOW THE EVENT?

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As a general rule (cf r44.3 CPR) it is accepted that where a party wins / succeeds in a claim pre-litigation or post-issue they are entitled to their reasonable and proportionate costs. However, it was reaffirmed in the recent case of Costain Ltd v Charles Haswell & Partners Ltd [2009] in the QBD by Richard Fernyhough QC (sitting as Deputy …

Accidents in a public place and at work – why Companies and Public bodies need not fear

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Radio 4 recently had a philosophical argument about private institutions and public bodies becoming risk averse and the reasons behind that. Many writers often advocate that public institutions such as government departments and local authorities have become unduly sensitive to potential claims arising out of the statutory activities and as a result are becoming more risk averse. In the tabloids …

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CHANGES TO THE WAY LAWYERS ARE PAID AND HOW THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY

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In April 2010 the fixed fees (predictable costs) regime will be amended for road traffic accident claims. Following nearly two years of negotiation and protracted discussion the various parties (Claimant solicitors represented mainly by APIL, MASS and the TUC against the Defendant Insurance Companies primarily represented by the MIB, FOIL and the ABI) have finally reached an understanding. Told by …

Accidents in public places and Accidents at work causing personal injury – why Companies and Public bodies need not fear

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Radio 4 recently had a philosophical argument about private institutions and public bodies becoming risk averse and the reasons behind that. Many writers often advocate that public institutions such as government departments and local authorities have become unduly sensitive to potential claims arising out of the statutory activities and as a result are becoming more risk averse. In the tabloids …