Author: Sophia Hanif

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Solicitor-client dispute: Firm’s failure to update cost estimate

In a trial of a preliminary issue, Senior Courts Costs Office Costs Judge, Master Leonard, held that a law firm breached its professional and contractual duties by failing to adequately advise a client on mounting costs and failing to update an initial costs estimate for work on a matter after the estimate was exceeded.

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Judgment set aside: Unfair to serve on empty offices in COVID-19 and prospects of successful defence

The High Court set aside a default judgment because the Claim Form had been served on “empty offices” during the COVID-19 lockdown. Despite the Claimant’s solicitors attempts to engage in pre-action correspondence and check requirements for service, the Court was satisfied that the Defendant showed real prospects of successfully defending the claim.

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Costs Judge rules divorce solicitors’ bill “requires explanation” in ordering detailed assessment

In Iwuanyawu v Ratcliffes Solicitors, the SCCO granted an application for detailed assessment of fourteen invoices delivered by her former family solicitors, many of which were out of the twelve month time period for assessment on the basis that they did not contain sufficient information to enable the Claimant to know what she was being charged for.

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Norwich Pharmacal Relief: Non-party disclosure sought from Bank

The Court of Appeal considered the rules regarding Norwich Pharmacal applications for non-party disclosure and the costs of the same. The decision concerning Natwest bank and a limited company, provides helpful guidance to parties when making applications for third party disclosure and understanding the importance of pre-action correspondence which will impact any order for costs.