Posts by Colin Campbell

  • The New Guideline Hourly Rates: an unhappy first outing

    The 2021 Guideline Hourly Rates (GHR) for solicitors came into force on 1 October 2021. What does that mean? Champagne and oysters for those receiving costs? Poverty and penury for those paying costs? As with most things legal, it is not as clear cut as that!

  • Costs budgets: take what you can get: spend it how you like!

    As we move into the tenth year since Sir Rupert Jackson signed off his Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report, his flagship recommendation about controlling costs through costs budgeting bears repeating (Final Report: Executive Summary 6.10):

  • The electronic bill: counting down to 6 April 2018

    Almost there! Getting on for a decade after Sir Rupert Jackson started work on his “Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report 2009”, the electronic bill, which he recommended should replace the traditional paper bill of costs, is about to become mandatory in the courts of England and Wales.

  • Merrix and detailed assessment: now Car Giant!

    The first High Court decision following Merrix v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has now been handed down, enabling this follow up to be written to the blog of 10 March 2017 on this subject: see Car Giant v the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hammersmith (judgment on 2 March 2017).