Tag Archives: Proportional costs

WHAT IS MEANT BY “PROPORTIONALITY”? CONSIDERATION BY THE SENIOR COURTS COSTS OFFICE

In Hobbs -v- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC B20 (Costs) Master O’Hare considered the question of proportionality in the context of a low value clinical negligence case. “In my judgment, although it was reasonable for the Claimant’s solicitors to incur these costs it is unfair to expect the Defendant to pay […]

PROPORTIONALITY, ASSESSMENT AND THE COSTS OF BUDGETING: SENIOR COURTS COSTS OFFICE DECISION TODAY

In BP -v- Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board [2015] EWHC B13 (Costs) Master Gordon-Saker considered several issues relating to proportionality; the format of bills and the costs of costs budgeting. “Having conducted an assessment of the reasonableness of the individual items, standing back, profit costs, counsel’s fees, experts’ fees and other disbursements of […]

MORE ON SUMMARY ASSESSMENT OF COSTS & PROPORTIONALITY: NOT GOING FOR A SONG

The issue of proportionate costs was considered  by Judge Behrens in Taylor -v- Bell & Haworth (16th February 2015). It provides a useful example of judicial comments in relation to disproportional costs. THE CASE The applicant was seeking a variation of a consent order made under the Provision for Family and Dependants Act 1975.  He required […]

COSTS REDUCED FROM £201,000 TO £96,465 ON SUMMARY ASSESSMENT: A WORKING EXAMPLE OF PROPORTIONALITY IN PRACTICE

It is always useful to look at the way in which courts are carrying out summary assessments.  Another interesting example of the pragmatic approach adopted can be found in the judgment of Mr Justice Akenhead in Savoye -v- Spicers Ltd [2015] EWHC 33 (TCC). Costs of £201,790.66 were reduced, on summary assessment, to £96,465.00. It […]

SUMMARY ASSESSMENT OF COSTS: AN IMPORTANT EXAMPLE

This blog has looked at examples of  the summary assessment of costs before. These do not give rise to any great principles or points of law. Summary assessments are rarely (if ever) reported. Virtually every litigator is going to be involved in one at some stage. It is helpful to have some idea of the […]

PROPORTIONALITY & SURVIVAL FOR LITIGATORS: LITIGATING WITHIN A BUDGET: PART 1 OF WHAT MAY WELL BE A MULTI PART SERIES

There is now plenty  of material on costs budgeting,  much of it can be found in links on this blog.  However I have not found any guidance for  litigators on how  the requirement for “proportional” costs will affect their  work and practices. In short there is, so far as I can tell, no guidance at […]