In our article How Relevant Is The SCCO Guide To Hourly Rates we looked at three cases in which two High Court Judges and the Senior Costs Judge independently commented on the passage of time since the guideline rates were last updated in 2010 and, consequentially, their relevance on detailed and summary assessments being conducted in 2020.
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The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2020 and the 122nd Practice Direction Update come into effect on 1 October 2020… the most notable change is the introduction of the new formal procedure for varying your costs budget and imposition of a mandatory duty on parties to do so where there is a significant development in the litigation.
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?
Lord Justice Jackson has released his Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs.
Jackson LJ has delivered his Keynote Address on the Review of Fixed Recoverable Costs.
Costs Judge, Master Simons, has slashed a Bill of Costs from £72,320 to £24,600 in a clinical negligence case which settled for £3,250. The reductions were made at provisional assessment and, aside from some minor increases, were maintained at an oral hearing.
For a third time, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has defeated a claim for additional legal costs liabilities brought by Irwin Mitchell.
The 83rd Update to the Civil Procedure Rules comes into force on 1 and 6 April 2016. This includes important changes to Part 3 – The Court’s Case Management Powers – and Practice Direction 3E – Costs Management Powers – and Practice Direction 3E – Costs Management. In summary:
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has decided to bring forward the timetable for filing costs budgets, the minutes of its 13 November 2015 meeting reveal.