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  • 07/08/2018

    Meet The Team – Claire Robson (part three)

    In the final part of of introducing Claire we find out how her role has changed while being at Paramount, her top costing tip and the best piece of advice she has been given.

  • 07/08/2018

    Meet The Team – Claire Robson (part two)

    In part two of introducing Claire, we find out about the changes she has seen in her area of costing, who inspires her and her love of The Rock!

  • 18/07/2018

    Meet The Team – Claire Robson (part one)

    This week we introduce Claire who is the head of our Care and Family Department.

  • 10/07/2018

    Meet The Team – Martin Walsh (part three)

    This week Martin shares his number 1 costs tip (he has many to share!) and the best piece of advice he’s received – it’s a good one to live by! Next week we’ll be introducing Claire.

  • 26/06/2018

    Meet The Team – Martin Walsh (part two)

    After a short break the Meet The Team series is back! In this post we find out who inspires Martin and his pet peeves – it’s quite a long list!

  • 18/04/2018

    Meet The Team – Martin Walsh (part one)

    Over the coming months we will be introducing a different member of the Paramount team. They will be answering questions like how did they start in the world of costs, what changes they have seen since starting, their number 1 costs tip and if they were stranded on a desert […]

  • 28/04/2017

    Proportionality

    Proportionality remains an extremely important topic in the world of costs, and barely a week seems goes by without new case law coming to our attention on the subject. Since the “new” proportionality test into play in April 2013, costs have been subject to two proportionality tests, with the costs […]

  • 28/04/2017

    Private Client Updates

    Increases to Fixed Costs in the Court of Protection from 01 April 2017 Practice Direction B which supplements Part 19 of the Court of Protection Rules 2007 has recently set out the increased fixed costs that may be claimed by Solicitors & Public Authorities acting in COP proceedings and the […]

  • 19/05/2016

    Paper and CCMS Legal Aid – The Differences

    When applying for and claiming costs under a Legal Aid Certificate, there are a number of differences between paper and CCMS claims which are worth noting. Legal Aid Certificate – Amendments & Cost Limitation The first most obvious difference is the format of the Legal Aid Certificate.  On a paper […]

  • 06/04/2016

    CPR Update

    I am sure you have seen the recent updates to the CPR that are due to be implemented from today, 6 April 2016, but I just wanted to highlight them from a costs drafting point of view.  The main developments involve costs Budgets and the associated work, including an updated […]

  • 04/03/2016

    Recommendations for improving your costs recovery in Court of Protection bills

    Paramount Legal Costs are committed to assisting our many clients in maximising the recovery of their costs with the aim of increasing their profitability. You can assist us in that regard by following some if not all of the following recommendations: Hourly rates in the case of Louise Smith & […]

  • 04/03/2016

    Costs Estimates for Deputyship General Management Work

    Costs Estimates for Deputyship General Management Work were introduced on 01 March 2016. This means that all professional Deputies with court orders that allow them to charge will have to provide an estimate of expected costs for the year when they submit their Annual Report (OPG102) to the OPG. The […]

  • 24/02/2016

    2015 Legal Aid Recap

    CCMS For those working in Legal Aid at Paramount Legal Costs, 2015 became the year that centered around one main thing, the LAA’s Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).  From the moment we were informed of the date the use of CCMS would become mandatory (and long before this) we […]

  • 19/01/2016

    CCMS – The Countdown Begins

    As we are all well aware by now the LAA’s Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) becomes mandatory for Special Children Act cases from 01 February 2016 and mandatory for all cases from 01 April 2016.  There are a number of guidance sheets available from the LAA, however due to […]

  • 24/09/2015

    CPR Update

    The recent updates to the CPR come in to force from 1 October 2015 and the most significant from a costs drafting point of view, is the amendment to Part 47.6.  Here there is an addition at CPR 47.6(1)(c) which states that detailed assessment proceedings are commenced by the receiving […]

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