relevance

How Relevant Is The SCCO Guide To Hourly Rates?

The SCCO Guide To Hourly Rates was last updated in 2010. In 2014 it was reviewed by the then Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson MR, but left unchanged due to a lack of reliable evidence.

But how relevant is the guide five years on?

All inclusive

An Interest Exclusive Part 36 Offer Is Not A Part 36 Offer

Can a Part 36 Offer which excludes interest be validly made either generally or in the context of proceedings?

It is been an issue on which a number of judges have held diverging views.

In the present case, His Honour Judge Dight CBE, upholding Deputy Master Campbell’s first instance decision, had concluded that an offer exclusive of interest cannot be a valid Part 36 offer.

In contrast, in a matter we reported in May, Horne v Prescot (No 1) Ltd [2019] EWHC 1322 (QB), Nicol J, dismissing an appeal from Master Nagalingam, held that, at least in the context of detailed assessment proceedings, an offer excluding interest can be an effective Part 36 offer.

So, what is the answer?

The Scope Of An Appeal From Provisional Assessment

The Scope Of An Appeal From Provisional Assessment

Dismissing this appeal against a decision of Master Leonard in the SCCO Mr Justice Stewart held that pursuant to CPR 47.24, the scope of an appeal against decisions made in the course of a provisional assessment is limited to a re-hearing only of any specific decisions which had been challenged at an oral hearing. In other words, if it hasn’t first been challenged at an oral hearing pursuant to CPR 47.15(7), it cannot be appealed.

vulnerable

The EL/PL Protocol And The Meaning Of ‘Vulnerable Adult’ In Para 4.3(8)

An employers liability claim which settled outside the EL/PL Protocol for £15,000 was not restricted to the fixed costs that would have been allowed had the EL/PL Protocol been applied.

Discontinuance

CPR 38.6: Discontinuance And Costs – The Legal Principles

This “long-running and ill-tempered dispute” between directors and shareholders of a residents association ended in September 2019 when the claimant filed a Notice of Discontinuance.
Master Clark was asked to determine whether the court should exercise its power under CPR 38.6 to disapply the default rule that the claimant should pay the costs of the claim.
His judgment provides a useful look at the principles governing costs following discontinuance.

BRILLANTE VIRTUOSO

Indemnity Costs And The High Risk Of Pursuing A Weak Case

Mr Justice Teare determined an application for indemnity costs following the dismissal of the second claimant bank’s US$77 million claim for an indemnity from the defendant underwriter pursuant to a war risks insurance policy for the constructive total loss of the vessel BRILLANTE VIRTUOSO by piracy.

consequences

CPR 36.17(4): Another Case Of Just Consequences

There have been a number of cases recently dealing with the consequences under CPR 36.17(4) of a claimant beating its own offer. In this case the claimant beat its offer of £250,000 by over £200,000, being awarded approximately £458,500 at trial. The defendant argued that notwithstanding this fact, it would be unjust to visit the consequences set out in CPR 36.17 upon them.

CFA Is A Contentious Business Agreement

CFA Is A Contentious Business Agreement, High Court Rules

The Law Society’s Model Form CFA contains a specific clause providing that “The parties acknowledge and agree that this agreement is not a Contentious Business Agreement within the terms of the Solicitors Act 1974.”. It was argued by the solicitors in this case that even absent this specific clause (as was the case here) any CFA which provides that no fees are recoverable in the event of failure, cannot be a Contentious Business Agreement within the meaning of s59 Solicitors Act 1974

The Just Rewards Of A Good Part 36 Offer

CPR 36.17 And The Just Rewards Of A Good Part 36 Offer

Mr Justice O’Farrell rounded up the authorities on CPR 36.17 and found that a Claimant who had beaten its own Part 36 Offer of £875,000 by less than £5,000 was nonetheless entitled to the benefits conferred by the rule, including enhanced interest on damages and costs, indemnity costs from 21 days after the date of the offer and an additional amount of £65,123.77.

Contractual Interpretation Of individual CFAs In A Multi Party Action

Contractual Interpretation Of Individual CFAs In A Multi Party Action

In a short judgment on costs following conclusion of the Iraqi Civilian Litigation The Hon. Mr Justice Turner was tasked with determining the proper interpretation of the individual Claimants’ CFAs insofar as they allowed for recovery of staged success fees.