This blog is written primarily for managing partners of firms who provide legal services to consumers. The focus is on civil litigation, but what is said will also be relevant to non-contentious business and family matters.
On 3 October 2016, a new Practice Direction (PD) 51L came into force. It provides for the voluntary use in the Senior Courts Costs Office of the revised new format for the parties’ bill of costs for use in civil litigation.
Two recent decisions in the SCCO show that the new proportionality rules are being applied robustly and that, in lower value claims, the trumping of necessity by proportionality is having a real impact.