How To Revise A Costs Budget – The New Precedent T

16 September 2020   The update to the CPR and Practice Directions due on 1st October 2020 amends the costs budgeting process when Costs Budgets are to be revised.  This includes the preparation of a new form called a Precedent T.  The following briefly sets out how the new process will work. There already exists in CPR PD 3E para 7.6 a requirement for parties to vary costs budgets where there have been sig .....continue reading

Master James Rules That Cfas Are Unenforceable Due To Breaches Of The Courts And Legal Services Act 1990

16 September 2020   GLOBAL ENERGY HORIZONS CORPORATION [GEHC] v THE WINROS PARTNERSHIP (formerly ROSENBLATT SOLICITORS [RS]) [2020] EWHC B27 (Costs)  Master James has ruled in the SCCO that three Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) are unenforceable in a high value commercial case by virtue of contravening Section 58 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. GEHC are a corporation investing in oil and gas industry .....continue reading

Utting V City College Norwich - Is An Underspent Phase A Good Reason To Depart From An Approved Costs Budget?

12 June 2020   Master Brown’s recent decision in Utting v City College Norwich [2020] EWHC B20 (Costs) gives further guidance on how an underspent costs budget phase should be treated on detailed assessment; namely that it is not in itself good reason to make further reductions to the claimed budgeted costs. This decision forms part of growing case law defining good reason to depart from an approved costs .....continue reading

Goodwin Malatesta Plan For Business As Usual During The Covid-19 Outbreak

21 March 2020   For the welfare of everyone associated with Goodwin Malatesta we have asked our team to work from home in compliance with the Government's most recent COVID-19 guidance. Our team all have secure remote access to emails and to our document management system.  Any staff visits to our office will be kept to a minimum and only when unavoidable. All telephone calls are also being transferred to o .....continue reading

Managing Our Practice During The Covid-19 Virus Outbreak

20 March 2020   These are very unusual and uncertain times and we are all having to prepare for whatever the COVID-19 virus outbreak may bring over the next few weeks or months. What is expected is the need for legal costs recovery to continue and indeed it may become even more pressing if the predicted downturn in the economy takes place.  Goodwin Malatesta wish to assure all our clients that we are comply .....continue reading

Scott O`rourke Joins Goodwin Malatesta And Kevin Thurley Retires

26 April 2019   April has seen two major changes to the Goodwin Malatesta team, with Scott O’Rourke joining us from Kain-Knight and Kevin Thurley’s retirement. We are very proud to welcome Scott to our team and he brings many years of legal costs experience including 12 years at Kain-Knight and 13 years at Masters before that. Scott is an excellent addition to our team and he will focus largely on t .....continue reading

Anthony James Joins To Strengthen Legal Aid Costs Team

25 October 2018   We are proud to welcome Anthony James to the Goodwin Malatesta team. Anthony brings many years of legal costs experience including 20 years at the Legal Aid Board and he will be focusing on the lodging of claims within CCMS, the preparation of bills of costs, points of dispute and High Costs case claims, as well as applying his unrivalled Legal Aid knowledge to enhance the services we provide our .....continue reading

Publication Of The Summary Of Responses To The Consultation On Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs In Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims

15 February 2018   The Department of Health & Social Care has published its Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims.  In the conclusion the Secretary of State for Health accepts the proposal to set up a working group to develop a bespoke process for clinical negligence claims initially valued up to £25,000 and .....continue reading

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