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  • Costs in the European Court of Human Rights
    • The CPR does not apply in the European Court of Human Rights. Instead it has its own sets of procedural Rules, including those relating to costs.

      This Note gives a brief overview of the issues and main differences to the CPR.

      Costs in the European Court of Human Rights

  • Costs in the EU Courts
    • The CPR does not apply in the EU Courts. Instead they have their own sets of procedural Rules, including those relating to costs, and they vary depending upon the type of case.

      This Note gives a brief overview of the issues and main differences to the CPR.

      Costs in the EU Courts

  • Costs in the Supreme Court
    • The CPR does not apply in the Supreme Court. Instead the Supreme Court has its own set of procedural Rules, including those relating to costs.

      This Note gives a brief overview of the issues and main differences to the CPR.

      Costs in the Supreme Court

  • Security for Costs
    • An application for Security for Costs is usually made where there is a concern that a party will not be able to meet their obligations to pay the other parties costs.  It can be a useful way of ascertaining the strength of a case; of forcing the hand of a party to an action; and it can provide your client with surety that monies will be recovered in respect of costs.

      We provide a summary of the Security for Costs topic which includes a guide to the current case law and costs implications.

      For advice on applying for or opposing an application for security of costs please email us on info@thomas-legal.com.

      Security for Costs (2015)

  • Part 36 ‘Offers to settle’
    • Offers to settle carry automatic costs consequences and careful consideration when making or accepting a Part 36 offer is important.  As a result, CPR Part 36 has given rise to a host of case law which deal with the costs implications of making an offer.  The attachment provides a complete summary of CPR Part 36: from dealing with how how to make an offer to settle; to enforcement; and the important costs considerations.

      For advice on the various issues surrounding Part 36 please email us on info@thomas-legal.com.

      Part 36 offer (Oct 2015)

  • Estimate of Costs and Costs Budgets
    • Estimates of costs are an essential part of any piece of litigation.  They give to the client, the Court and the opponent a guide as to the costs incurred to date, and the likely costs which would be incurred should the matter progress to trial.  They can also be relied upon by all parties to justify or dispute the costs claimed at the end of the proceedings.

      To better understand how and when Estimate of Costs can be used, when they should be filed, and what information they need to contain please email us on info@thomas-legal.com.

      For more information click Costs Estimates & Budgets (2015)

  • Court Fees (Costs)
    • The attached schedule is a list of the Court Fees payable in relation to costs assessments and applications.

      To better understand the costs and fees involved in the detailed assessment process please email us on info@thomas-legal.com.

      Court fees (April 2015)

  • Changes to CFAs and DBAs since April 2013
    • As a result of the Jackson Report, since April 2013 many changes have been brought into force in relation to cases that are funded by Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Damages-Based Agreements (DBAs).

      Our Guidance Note below goes into detail as to the main changes and new requirements.

      Litigation funding changes & new CPR rules (Oct 15)

  • CPR changes (April – October 2013)
    • On 1st April 2013 many changes to the CPR came into effect.

      Most of these changes were implemented to enforce the recommendations of the Jackson Report and the Legal Aid, Setencing and Punishment of Offences Act 2012.

      Our note covers the changes and how they relate to the previous Rules.

      CPR update

  • Guideline Rates
    • The attachment provides a helpful summary of the Guideline Rates from 1999 to 2013 as provided by the Senior Courts Costs Office.

      Guideline rates are often used as one of the considerations when ascertaining an appropriate rate to charge a client.  They are also often quoted within Points of Dispute or Replies to detailed assessment proceedings when dealing with the reasonableness of the rates applied.

      To see how we can help you with your client-solicitor charging rates or your detailed assessment proceedings please email us on info@thomas-legal.com.

      Guideline rates

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