BUSINESS BOOKS AND REPORTS
The astute practitioner will understand the importance and relevance of costs to the litigation process as a whole and will wish to learn how to turn the myriad of rules to maximum advantage.
This objective forms the basis of Michael Bacon's Special Report. The intention is not to examine the whole practice and procedure relating to costs and their assessment under the Civil Procedures Rules, but rather to explore their effectiveness in practice since their introduction in 1999.
1: FUNDING LITIGATION
Law Society Regulations
Charges and billing
Agreements for conducting contentious business
Summary of points to consider
2: OBLIGATIONS OF A SOLICITOR UNDER THE CIVIL PROCEDURE COSTS RULES18
Reporting to the client
Obligations to others
Other obligations between parties
3: COSTS BUDGETING
What is an estimate for CPR purposes?
When should an estimate be prepared?
Preparation of estimates
How the courts view estimates
4: RECOVERY OF COSTS
Summary assessments where an additional liability is claimed
5:BILLS OF COSTS
Requirements for the contents of a bill
Items listed in CPD 4.6
What is or is not allowed
Dividing the bill into different parts
6: POINTS TO NOTE FOR THE PAYING PARTY
Commencement of detailed assessment proceedings
7: OFFERS FOR COSTS
Costs of detailed assessment proceedings
Without prejudice offers for costs
8: COSTS ONLY PROCEEDINGS
What are they?
Problems and benefits with costs only proceedings
9: LITIGATION COSTS BETWEEN SOLICITORS AND THEIR CLIENTS
Basis of assessment
Presumption as to unreasonableness
Conditional fee agreements carrying a success fee
The pillars of wisdom