Case update: Vilvarajah v West London Law Ltd

The importance of a well-drafted CFA and explaining it in detail to clients The Senior Courts Costs Office of the High Court has thrown out a conditional fee agreement (CFA) as it was unfair and unreasonable for the client. In Vilvarajah v West London Law Ltd  [2017] EWHC B23 (Costs), the…


What does BNM v MGN mean for proportionality in costs?

Earlier this year, the case of BNM v MGN [2016] caused a stir among costs practitioners, as the Court used the proportionality test to dramatically reduce the winning party's costs award. Background The Claimant (BNM) lost a mobile telephone, which later fell into the hands of the Sunday People…


Costs budget pilot scheme - Leeds District Registry

In news that will come as welcome reading to litigants and solicitors alike, the Leeds District Registry has confirmed a 6-month pilot scheme in relation to costs budgeting. What is the usual procedure? Ordinarily, where a multi-track case with damages of less than £10 million has been issued, the…