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T M Costings chooses Eclipse’s innovative Proclaim Costs Drafting Software solution
Posted: Oct 27 - 2015

[]TMC have selected a Proclaim Case Management Software solution from Eclipse. …read more

J Codes and the new Bill of Costs
Posted: Oct 02 - 2015

In his 2012 Review of Civil Litigation Costs in England and Wales report, Jackson LJ said this.... …read more

Estimates in the Court of Protection
Posted: Oct 01 - 2015

Cost budgeting has so far not reached the Court of Protection. Shortly, however, Deputies will be required to provide Estimates in relation to General Management work.  …read more

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2015 published
Posted: Jul 29 - 2015

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2015 have been published and come into force (with exceptions) on 1 October 2015. The amendments provide, amongst other things, for the provision of a "a breakdown of the costs claimed for each phase of the proceedings" to accompany a bill of costs in all cases where a costs management order has been made. …read more

Mandatory roll out of CCMS put back to February 2016
Posted: Jun 12 - 2015

The mandatory date for roll out of CCMS across the country is to be put back from October 2015 to February 2016. The CCMS (Client and Cost Management System) is an online system for civil and family legal aid providers and others assigned to work on their cases, e.g. advocates, clerks and costs lawyers. It covers the whole process for certificated civil and family legal aid work, from submitting legal aid applications to paying bills. …read more

Judge predicts trouble ahead for costs budgets
Posted: Jun 02 - 2015

Civil Procedure Rule Committee member Chris Lethem DJ has expressed his “deep unease about the desert of applications” to vary costs budgets, two years after the introduction of costs management. …read more

Success fees and ATE insurance premiums recoverable, SCCO judge rules
Posted: Jun 01 - 2015

A claimant’s decision to switch from funding their case via legal aid to a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) just days before the Jackson reforms were implemented was reasonable, a senior costs judge has ruled. …read more

Confronting Costs Management - Lord Justice Jackson delivers a lecture on the progess and development of costs budgeting
Posted: May 14 - 2015

In May this year, Lord Justice Jackson gave a speech at Gray’s Inn Hall in London in which he identified a number of problems to have emerged as a result of his reforms. His paper can be found here. …read more

Government puts out new Regulations as High Court overturns “no permission, no payment” civil legal aid rules
Posted: Mar 31 - 2015

Here at T M Costings, we welcome the recent ruling in Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor [2015] EWHC 523 (Admin) (03 March 2015). This ruling overturned recently-introduced limitation on the availability of legal aid funding for judicial review cases. …read more

TMC respectfully disagrees with Master Cook’s statement regarding whether costs lawyers should attend costs budgeting hearings
Posted: Mar 30 - 2015

In recent months, the official status of the costs lawyer profession has continued to grow. We’ve recently re-launched our degree-level professional qualification, and have been formally recognised within the new guideline hourly rates (GHR) regime for the first time. It’s therefore unfortunate that Queen’s Bench Master David Cook has questioned our role in the costs budgeting process. …read more

Court fees battle enters new phase
Posted: Feb 25 - 2015

The war of words between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the legal profession over court fees escalated during the last week of February. Nine signatories, including the Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, have now signed a pre-action protocol letter as a prelude to a possible judicial review of the MoJ’s plan. The letter claims six grounds for challenging the MoJ’s scheme - including that they would be tantamount to 'selling justice', contrary to the principles of Magna Carta. …read more

ACL granted leave to intervene in Coventry v Lawrence
Posted: Feb 06 - 2015

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has been granted leave to intervene in the case of Coventry v Lawrence. The case will consider whether the recoverability of additional liabilities (ie success fees and ATE insurance premiums) under the Access to Justice Act 1999 infringed Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and/or Article 1 of the First Protocol to the Convention. …read more

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