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It is important for solicitors who undertake advocacy at Court to consider whether they are allowed to claim for travel under FAS. The first consideration to be made is to distinguish between exceptional travel, travel mileage and travel disbursements.

Normally, travel t...

When switching between one and two counsel schemes on different cases, it can get confusing, due to the slight differences between them.  Here is a quick overview of those differences:

(NB: except in certain rare circumstances, remember you cannot have a hybrid of both s...

January 17, 2020

With an increase to Hard Rejects on the horizon, it is vital for firms to ensure that all supporting documentation is accurate on submission of costs claims. There are a number of common issues that arise with regards to FAS forms and subsequent claims which we have not...

One of the things that is frequently contested when agreeing case plans, is whether an event should be payable for written submissions.  Counsel often seek to obtain an event for these, but the criteria are very narrow.  The criteria that must be satisfied are as follow...

Beware ‘hybrid’ cases!  We have had some difficulties in the past with LAA caseworkers seeking to apply single counsel event rates/rules to solicitors on two counsel cases, prior to the date that prior authority for QC was given. This creates a ‘hybrid’ case plan combin...

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