Posts by Francis Kendall

  • ACL annual conference 2018 survey results

    Solicitors continue to rack up costs in excess of court-approved budgets, but there are signs of improvement, according to the survey of my fellow costs lawyers.

  • When to address proportionality

    Proportionality may not be the only issue to debate in the costs world right now, but it’s probably the biggest one.

  • Standing up for costs lawyers: Allen v Brethertons LLP

    It is now 11 years since the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA) was passed and eight since the regulatory regime it created fully came into being. And still, unfortunately, there are those elsewhere in the legal profession who do not recognise the difference between costs lawyers and costs draftsmen.

  • An exchange (rate) of views: compensating for currency differentials

    Back in 2009, my client, a multinational law firm, obtained an award for costs in a piece of litigation for the European Central Bank. Needless to say, its client was invoiced in euros, by reference to euro hourly rates, yet the assessment of costs proceeded by reference to figures converted into sterling.