Welcome to a costs round-up of the best costs-related posts published last week.
In this week’s edition:
Gordon Exall Barrister presents costs reduced from £210,000 to £96,465 on summary assessment: a working example of proportionality in practice saying “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  EWHC 33 (TCC). Costs of £201,790.66 were reduced, on summary assessment, to £96,465.00. It is an example of a judge putting issues of proportionality at the forefront of the criteria to be considered.”
Andrew Hogan costs Barrister presents Conditional Fee Agreements and Capital saying “A key problem in obtaining effective justice in litigation is the inequality of arms which will often exist between a well-funded defendant and an impecunious claimant. Or to put it another way, the imbalance of capital between two parties which enables the richer party to buy better lawyers, better experts and generally turn its financial advantage into strategic or tactical advantage within the litigation.” How do we address this?
Simon Gibbs presents legal cost of travelling to see a client saying “why do some solicitors still insist on travelling half way across the country to interview their clients and/or witnesses?” and offering suitable alternatives. This post includes my favourite comment of the week referring to the ape creatures and obelisks in “2001 – a space odyssey”.