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Why do I need a costs lawyer?

From time to time we are asked the same question, “Why do I need a costs lawyer, surely, I could...
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Fixed recoverable costs on cases worth up to £100,000

It seems likely that the long-anticipated extension to cases which fall under the fixed recoverable costs regime will now come...
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SEND Mediation

As many of you already know, in addition to being a Costs Lawyer I am also an accredited Mediator and...
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A warm welcome to our new team member!

We are delighted to welcome Evie Spurdle to the team at BarnsChapel. Evie has joined us as a Legal Assistant,...
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Dispensation from Court Fees

In the matter of Gibbs v King’s College NHS Foundation Trust , Costs Judge Rowley held that a party who...
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Happy Anniversary!

A year ago today we started our new costs and mediation business. We expected to face many challenges but knew...
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Lodge an application to revise your approved Costs Budget or be prepared to suffer the consequences.

I have attended a number of assessments recently where the Costs Judge has taken a very strict line when considering...
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Proposed Increases to Guideline Hourly Rates Approved

According to the Law Society Gazette, the new guideline hourly rates as proposed by the CJC Working Group on the...
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Recent Ruling May Assist in Costs Budgeted Cases

In a very recent ruling in the case of Discovery Land Company LLC & Ors v Axis Specialty Europe SE...
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The Civil Justice Council Final Report on Guideline Hourly Rates

Following the Interim Report coming out in January this year and the consultation which followed, the Final Report can be...
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Costs Recovery Cases where Fixed Costs May Apply

We have a number of clients who have recently fallen foul of what I consider to be slightly underhand behaviour...
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SGI Legal LLP v Mrs Marta Karatysz

The appeal in the matter of SGI Legal LLP v Mrs Marta Karatysz overturned District Judge Bellamy's earlier decision and...
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Thank you to all our clients

BarnsChapel Ltd. has now been in business for just over six months, and what a period it has been! Since...
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Defendants would have been wise to instruct a Costs Lawyer

In National Bank of Kazakhstan & Anor v The Bank of New Your Mellon SA/NV, London Branch & Ors [2021]...
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Swann v Slater & Gordon

District Judge Rouine sitting at the High Court in Birmingham in the case of Swann v Slater & Gordon, in...
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‘Informed consent’ fees dispute set for Court of Appeal showdown

The Defendant in the Belsner v CAM Legal Services case has been given leave to appeal.  If the decision is...
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Changes to CPR Part 36 coming into force in April

The changes to CPR Part 36 coming into force in April 2021 could have a potentially expensive impact on late...
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Ministry of Justice Housing Mediation Pilot Scheme

Louise Spurdle is pleased to be a member of the panel of mediators who will be involved in the Housing...
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Interim statute bills, the right to challenge them and special circumstances

In Masters v Charles Fussell & Co LLP EWHC B1 (Costs), in a Solicitors Act assessment of costs, it was...
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Beware CPR Part 36.13(4), especially if your conduct has been less than perfect

The case of Pallett v MGN Ltd [2021] EWHC 76 (Ch) highlights an anomaly in relation to Claimant Part 36 offers,...
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