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  • 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 […]

  • 03/06/2015

    The Costs Draftsman – An Essential Role

    In these times of ever changing cost rules and regulations, the role of Costs Draftsman has become increasingly important.  In Legal Aid matters, gone are the days when it was a simple choice of is this to be assessed by the Court or the LAA and a couple of options […]

  • 23/03/2015

    Change Is Good, Isn’t It?

    Starting from nothing in 2007 with only 2 staff and just a handful of files coming over our threshold for the first 6 months, the business has grown unbelievably. In the first 12 months we received just under 3% of the total number of files we have received to date. […]

  • 06/03/2015

    Changes To Part 36 And How It Will Affect You

                                              From 6 April 2015, changes to the current Part 36 rules will come into force, with important implications for lawyers and the legal profession.  Below is an outline of what the new Part 36 will look like and its effects on day-to-day practice. Counterclaims The […]

  • 10/02/2015

    2015 Legal Aid and 2014 Recap

    2015 brings in some major changes for Legal Aid Solicitors in the way that they apply for and bill under Legal Aid, due to the expansion of the LAA’s Client and Cost Management System (CCMS). Towards the end of 2014 he LAA announced that they had now invited all Legal […]

  • 17/01/2015

    Staff Profile – Julie Fitzpatrick

    Julie is a Costs Lawyer at Paramount Legal Costs with over 14 years’ experience in legal costs. Julie works in our private client department and specialises in Court of Protection matters. She has extensive experience in preparing both short form and detailed bills of costs for assessment, whether it be […]

  • 08/12/2014

    Legal Aid for Inquests Challenge

    In October this year Mrs. Justice Andrews, a High Court Judge, allowed a challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on inquest funding and on the grounds that the guidance was flawed and unlawful, gave permission to Joanna Letts to pursue a Judicial Review. Joanna Letts’ brother Christopher died in 2013, […]

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