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Electronic filing, storage of e-files and online payments were one of the many recommendations of Jackson LJ and have been compulsory in some Business and Property Courts since April 2017.

CE-File was extended to the Senior Courts Costs Office on a voluntary basis on 7 O...

There has been some confusion among solicitors and Counsel about when the ‘non-attendance’ fee of £900 can be claimed.  Even in the old guidance it was clear that this only applied to hearings, and this is again made clear in the post June 2019 guidance.  But it did not...

November 8, 2019

We have recently had clarification with the LAA as regards the interpretation of their ‘5 working day rule’ in relation to both under and over runs, as well as to main hearing days and the resulting effect on solicitor and Counsel fees.  The guidance is as follows:

Under...

October 18, 2019

This was my first time to meet the very likeable Duo that is Stephen Barker and Rob Damiao of the Legal Aid Agency and what a refreshing change and outlook from the LAA since I last attended a conference. Their stance was such a positive one and they went on to explain...

Since hourly rates have not kept up with inflation, it is very important for firms to maximise their profit and to be more costs conscious. 

First of all, firms should be aware of how much it costs them to run the practice. Ideally, a solicitor should bill around 12...

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