Dream of questioning Lord Justice Jackson on Costs Budgeting and Litigation?
The legal industry’s Who’s Who will be gathering next week at the esteemed White Paper Conference in London to tackle some of the most difficult questions on costs budgeting – questions which have been swirling around legal circles since 2012.
Called ‘Costs, Jackson, LASPO: Shaping the Rules into Solution-Focused Advice for Costs Lawyers and Litigators’ it promises ‘Answers to 14 Thorny Questions: Directly from Lord Justice Jackson, 2 Costs Judges, 3 Costs Counsel and 2 Managing Partners.’
The day kicks off with Keynote Speaker Lord Justice Jackson at 9.20am. The continuing theme of the morning is proportionality and costs budgeting with Roger Mallalieu of 4 New Square analysing whether there are true prospects for consistency and predictability in the application of the new proportionality test? Whilst Master Peter Haworth is asking whether cases can ever be comparable vis a vis budgets and are there yardsticks one can apply to reasonable allowances for the purposes of costs budgeting?
Later in the morning, Alexander Hutton QC looks at the New Format Bill of Costs. Is it open to abuse due to duplicate/triplicate entries and lack of description of work done?
Just before recess, a hot topic which hit the headlines just last week is what is the current judicial thinking on extending fixed recoverable costs to civil cases? When will they apply and what will they be? This will be answered by David Marshall of Anthony Gold.
With lunch out of the way and the wheels well oiled, in the afternoon the conference takes a turn to focus on the nitty gritty. What is the most effective use of Part 36 Offers in cases where Costs are fixed per CPR 45? Followed by the question of how rigid are the budgets in spite of them being “agreed” or “assessed”? Will they still be open to attack at Detailed Assessment? Will conditions, caveats and recorded comments carry any weight at all or simply superfluous to needs?
The day will be wrapped up by Iain Stark, Head of the Costs Department at Weightmans who will be asking if budgeting is compulsory if both parties agree to dispense with it altogether? Does the court have to approve their consent order? And, where does cost mediation fit into the matrix?
The conference couldn’t be happening at a more appropriate time and promises to be an insightful and stimulating day of debate and discussion.
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