Posts from Hodge Jones & Allen

The use of video link in civil proceedings

With the drive to use technology to make litigation more efficient, it is surprising that we do not make more use of permitted technological aids, such as video link for oral witness evidence.

Application for payments on account of costs

I am tasked specifically within our firm to deal with cash flow. An important part of that role is to ensure that we get money in as soon as possible on conclusion of a case. In recent years I have seen a shift in balance and attitudes towards payments on accounts of costs. There are … Continue reading Application for payments on account of costs

Solicitors Act charge

A Solicitors Act charge is a tool that solicitors can utilise to recover their costs against a client, where exercising a lien is unavailable, inappropriate or ineffective.

Bath v Escott: the importance, or not, of a judge’s reasons

The recent case of Bath v Escott highlights the difference between a judge’s reasoning as evidenced in judgments and the actual decision as recorded in a court order, and the precedence of the latter.

Hearsay notices and witness summaries

There are numerous reasons why a witness may be unable or unwilling to assist a party in litigation, either by providing a witness statement, attending court or both. In such circumstances, careful consideration should be given to how that evidence can be adduced.

New Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

In March 2017, a new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims was published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and will come into effect on 1 October 2017. It has taken some time to finalise, with drafters seeking to balance the need for processes not to be overly burdensome on creditors against the protection of consumers.

Tying yourself in a knot(weed): Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

A county court judge, Recorder Grubb, gave a judgment (Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (2017) (County Court) (unreported)) in what is thought to be the first decided claim for damages arising from the existence of Japanese Knotweed on a neighbour’s land. Although it is not a binding decision, it could open the floodgates for … Continue reading Tying yourself in a knot(weed): Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Do ATE policies represent good value for money for clients?

Over the past year, it has become increasingly difficult to obtain after the event (ATE) insurance for lower value multi-track work. Additionally, where ATE cover has been offered, the premiums could be as high as 40-50% of the level of indemnity sought. In some instances, lower value multi-track claims (values of £25,000 – £100,000) with … Continue reading Do ATE policies represent good value for money for clients?

Children’s legal aid funding and the LAA’s statutory charge

Towards the end of 2016, there was an interesting judgment from Keehan J in P v A Local Authority, which related to proceedings involving a child (P), a local authority and the Legal Aid Agency (LAA). In a decision that considered matters under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and CPR 21, Keehan J determined that … Continue reading Children’s legal aid funding and the LAA’s statutory charge

When is a costs budget not a costs budget?

In a recent County Court case (Narinder Singh Birdi v Balwinder Singh Birdi), where I acted for the defendant against his brother, the claimant’s original particulars of claim were struck out due to numerous irregularities which meant that neither the defendant nor the court could identify exactly what was being claimed. The claimant filed amended … Continue reading When is a costs budget not a costs budget?