Welcome to a round-up of the best costs-related news and posts published this week.
We lead with news that hopes the Court of Appeal would get stuck into costs management have been dashed (for the time being) after the case that was destined to go there was successfully mediated. Litigation Futures gives a full report here on Redfern v Corby Borough Council  EWHC 4526 (QB). At the time, it was hoped that case this would provide clear guidance on costs budgeting and proportionality. Not to be.
This week, we delivered a civil costs update at KBW Barristers’ Chambers Leeds, this week with updates on the all new Part 36 (effective 6th April 2015) , a quick look at recent success fee decisions and their impact on current portal matters and pre-action protocols, Consumer Contract Regulations and Costs Budgeting. The link above gives access to the presentation notes.
Kerry Underwood presents an interesting review of Jackson: two years on with some useful and insightful observations – as always we advocate reading the comments section for current thinking and choice remarks.
Simon Gibbs presents naming wrong Defendant on CFA with a link to a recent case decided by Deputy Master Friston exploring the consequences of naming one party as the opponent in a CFA but then succeeding in the claim against another party.
Laura Searle, Regional Manager of our Sussex Office highlights the LAPG manifesto for change and the drive for equality and access to justice for the more vulnerable members of society. Meanwhile our free legal aid seminar programme continues with new dates added for our Leeds, Mancehster and Sussex Offices. Read more here. Our next stop is Newcastle on 30th March.
Finally, Ruth Tweedale, lecturer at Roehampton University writing in family law week presents save legal aid, save family lives, describing recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.
If you have a blog on costs related matters and would like to submit your post to the round-up, e-mail: Ilkley@johnmhayes.co.uk