Links to posts and articles on all aspects of  civil procedure. Linking does not indicate approval or agreement but that all discussion on these issues is useful.



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The fixed costs and portal case of Williams -v- The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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(The new Electronic Bill of Costs)

  • MRN solicitors have a 15 minute webinar.

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(Sinfield – fundamental dishonesty)

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(Brian May Proportionality case).

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(Commencement date of the new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt claims, all links here relate to the new Protocol).



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A host of posts from the Zenith PI Blog

The Hardwicke PI Group Christmas Newsletter

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(Dealing solely with the Court of Appeal decision in Qadar -v- Esure).

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  • An interesting and cautionary tale about costs budgeting  from Victoria Chambers in A Watchful Eye

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Today, unusually, I am linking to posts about one case – Jones -v- Spire Healthcare on the assignment of CFAs.

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(This is not Friday the 13th but the links today are all related to court closures).

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Kerry Underwood has been very busy writing. Here are his latest posts.

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  • Professor Richard Lewis on Compensation Culture – How Insurers Contribute
  • Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution Blog asks Do you Know about the J-Code-Set for Costs.
  • Legal Futures reports on views that the proposed changes to the Pre-Action Protocol are unnecessary
  • David Chalk writes on Civil Procedure and the CPR: Collateral Oral Agreements
  • Legal Futures writes on Budgeting Barristers
  • Bitter Lawyer gives us 10 funny judicial quotes. I can’t resist ” Manifestly, any person with even a correspondence-course level understanding of federal practice and procedure would recognize that Defendant’s Motion is patently insipid, ludicrous and utterly and unequivocally without any merit whatsoever…. Defendant’s obnoxiously ancient, boilerplate, inane Motion is emphatically DENIED. Moreover, Defendant’s present counsel-of-record, Mr. [redacted] is determined to be disqualified for cause from this action for submitting this asinine tripe”

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  • McGrath & Co on the new fees that came into force on the 4th August 2014 Court Fees Update

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  • Kerry Underwood’s blog provides details of Guideline Hourly Rates following the rejection of the proposals by the Master of the Rolls

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6th July 2014 (Links after Court of Appeal decision on sanctions in Denton -v- White.)

1.  The Law Society Gazette reviews the decision (and also allows you to see the judgment being given). 2. Colemans solicitors have an excellent summary of the decision here. 3.  The Solicitors Journal reports that the Post Mitchell Costs Regime has been clarified by the Court of Appeal 4. Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution state that the decision provides Welcome Guidance 5. Local Government Lawyer summarises  the Three Stage Test set out by the Court of Appeal 6. Litigation Futures’ view is that the Court of Appeal takes some of the blame for the Mitchell decision. 7. The New Law Journal has a Welcome Return to the pre-Mitchell era 8. DWF state that the Court of Appeal has Rewritten the Mitchell test. 9. Forbes Solicitors have a brief guide to the  Guidance given by the relief from sanctions decision 10. Herbert Smith Freehills’ view is that Mitchell is softened but no return to old culture of non compliance 11. Bristol Law Society reports on how the sanctions decision “clarifies Mitchell”. 12.The LCCSA report that the sanctions decision will restore cooperation to litigation. 13. The Law Society view is that the sanctions decision will make civil litigation more cooperative and less adversarial 14. The Lawyer reports that the sanctions decision offers a third way on costs 15. Nearly Legal reviews the sanctions decision on Wimbledon Final’s day as Game Set and Match 16. 4 KBW reports on the trio of appeals 17. Blackstone Chambers reports on Denton -v- White 18. Hailsham Chambers hail Mitchell re-visited 19. DWF reports on the re-writing of the important Mitchell test 20. Harmans views are in Mitchell Sound but Substantially Misunderstood 21. Charles Russell on Mitchell has been Misunderstood and is being Misapplied 22. Landmark Chambers on Mitchell Modified. 23. Mills & Reeves have my favourite title within Goodbye Mitchell Hello Denton 24. Lawlords has a useful and succinct summary of the Re-Stated Mitchell test 25. Michael Lyons QC and Cecily White review the decision in Mitchell Misunderstood and Misapplied 26. Litigation Futures reports that the Profession Lauds the Court of Appeal approach in Mitchell 2 27. The Law Society Gazette heralds The Retreat from Mitchell 28. Kennedys herald the Denton case as Common Sense Restored 29 Stone Chambers reviews the guidance given on Relief from Sanctions 30. Rosling King review the Denton decision in their Lender Update 31. Roll on Friday reports on the row back from Mitchell (just read the comments section) 32 Steven Cornforth considers whether Mitchell is Heading Back to Earth 33. Ontime Group analyse the New Three Stage Test 34. Clinical Negligence Law writes on Mitchell Re-imagined  35. Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution has an interview with Shail Patel on How the courts are applying Mitchell (which actually deals with the Denton case). 36. Nicki Phillipson from Zenith Chambers on Its Mitchell but not as we know it. 37. David Partington of Sovereign Chambers regards Denton as a Welcome Decision  38. Pinsent Masons report on Expert’s Welcome to more nuanced approach. 39.
Lamb Chambers review the decision under “Relief from Sanctions” 40. Practical Law have an article by Matthew Finn : Denton: Mitchell Clarified and Amplified 41. Keoghs have a detailed review of the decision in their Client Alert 42. Taylor Wessing report on Holding Back the Tide of Satellite Litigation. 43. Eversheds reviews the Denton decision in their e-briefing. 44. The New Law Journal on how the Court of Appeal clarifies the Mitchell effect. 45. Temple Garden Chambers ponder To Mitchell or Not to Mitchell 46. Manchester Law Society on The Interpretation of Mitchell 4th July 2014

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10th April 2014 Hill Dickinson have a number of papers on the first year of Jackson following on from a conference they held on the matter.

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1st April 2014 (after 12.00am) special anniversary posts (one year of Jackson Reforms).

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(Both the City of London and Thompsons’ responses are on this blog here)

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  • Kerry Underwood reviews the relief from sanctions cases to date and is, as ever, trenchant in his views.
  • Litigation Futures ponders whether the “buffer directions” blows the Jackson/Mitchell principles off course.
  • Legal Orange comments on applications for relief from sanctions in the context of bad advice received from senior members of his firm.
  • Legal Orange also contains guidance on the effective use of the Practice Direction for Pre-Action Conduct.
  • The Solicitors Journal reports on the Summit decision and the award for costs made to the successful part.
  • Civitas Law report on the case of AEI -v- Alstom where particulars of claim where struck out for being served late.
  • Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution report on the increase of the costs budgeting requirements to cases up to £10 million

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  • Everyone should read Legal Chap’s problems with the court system in “do as I say
  • Practical Law ConstructionBlog on why the Jackson ADR Handbook is essential reading
  • Greenwood/Plexus Personal Injury carries articles on costs budgeting, expert evidence, and costs.
  • The prolific authors at Greenwoods/Plexus also have articles on service  and contempt of court another edition has a review of post-Mitchell case law
  • The Association of Cost Lawyers discuss a well known case in Christie’s lawyers miss the starting gun
  • GWS discuss the case of Burton -v- Cranfield Delta Whiskey Group and relief from sanctions
  • Harmans have their  Costs Brief for February – inevitably involves relief from sanctions cases

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  • The Ontime Group wins the prize for all the worst puns in one go in “Quick out of the blocks:Christie defendant disqualified for false budget start “
  • The Law Society Gazette reports  that the Civil Justice Council “blasts proposed court fee hikes
  • RPC have a useful Litigation Bulletin on the relationship between the CPR and the Companies Act when serving a director abroad 
  • Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution carry a copy of the Judicial Office statement on extensions of time.
  • Legal Futures carries a discussion of whether judges and opponents are targeting lawyers
  • Tom Shepherd at 11 SB carries an extensive review of the consequences of witness statements as a result of Lloyd and Mitchell in “don’t get caught out

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  • Legal Orange gives practical guidance on getting a stubborn opponent into ADR
  • District Judge Hickman writes in the Law Society Gazette – “Mitchell – once more into the breach “(read the final paragraph in particular).
  • Dispute Resolution considers litigation privilege and the Starbev -v- Interbrew case in “Dominant purpose litigation privilege rejected”
  • Rachel Rothwell, writing in the Law Society Gazette, notes the disparity between the recent Supreme Court decision on errors in the drafting of wills and the courts approach to errors in civil procedure.
  • I have written before on the dangers of bias in taking witness statements and  obtaining evidence, using Hillsborough as an example.  The BBC Report on this issue makes interesting reading.
  • Mondaq consider the question: Jackson: revolution or evolution?
  • DWF monthly Insurance Brief considers many of the cases relating to the Jackson reforms.
  • Kennedy’s Case Reviews looks at pre-action disclosure and the case of Smith -v- Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
  • Mill & Reeve review numerous procedural cases in their round up of recent cases.
  • Matthew Harman’s presentation notes on Costs and funding post-Jackson are available for all to view.

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  • Kerry Underwood discusses the Pre-Action Protocols,  pre-action conduct and ADR
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain discuss the case of Starbev GP Ltd v Interbrew Central European Holding BV and the relevant principles governing litigation privilege in “Litigation Privilege a Cautionary Tale
  • Speechly Bircham discuss the  decision in PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd and the Court of Appeal’s decision to impose a cost sanction on a successful party because they refused to mediate in Refuse to mediate at your peril.
  • Kennedy’s discuss the courts approach to allowing the introduction of new evidence after a trial and the Court of Appeal’s guidance on pre action disclosure in Medical Law Brief.
  • Matthew Arnold & Balwin LLP discuss the case of Webb Resolutions v eSurv Limited [2014] EWCH 49 (QB) in “Relief from Sanctions – even though there was no sanction”
  • Wedlake Bell consider Mitchell and whether Jackson constitutes Revolution or evolution.
  • The New Law Journal considers More Jackson changes on the horizon

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  • Nichola Phillipson of Zenith Chambers reviews the latest cases on Jackson in the Jackson Corner
  • Litigation Orange ponders the (probably currently unanswerable) question whether the decision in Mitchell applies to setting aside a default judgment 
  • Kerry Underwood has a (perhaps slightly tongue in cheek) look at fraud and RTA
  • Hill Dickinson report sanctions cases under the heading new week new cases
  • Clyde & Co discuss a number of sanctions cases in their insurance and reinsurance weekly update
  • The Lawyer reports on the cases that bring home the Jackson message

27th January 2014

  • RPC consider the Lloyd case in No Way Out
  • Nigel Poole QC considers the cases after Mitchell
  • TaylorWessing consider Mitchell and  the heavy costs of non-compliance in “the real costs of plebgate
  • Legal Orange adds to the blend of discussion on costs in the piece on costs draftsmen and War Stories
  • The Law Society Gazette carries a comment piece on Mitchell – Nothing Less than Draconian
  • The New Law Journal reports on the Low Commission and alternatives to cutting public funding for civil legal aid.
  • Kennedys Motor Brief covers, among other things, the performance of the portal.
  • Plexus and Greenwoods Legal Watch covers the ability of the court to limit the number of witnesses at trial
  • Now time is of the essence in civil procedure it is interesting to look at the Friday Funny from My Case where a motion was filed less than five minutes late
  • 13 KBW Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team have a monthly Case Law and Practice Update for January 2014 with links to previous updates

26th January 2014

  • Another recommendation for the Legal Orange blog on how to instruct counsel
  • Coventry View takes a look at the recent sanctions decision in M A Lloyd -v- PPP International
  • Nearly Legal also takes a look at the Lloyd case (from a different angle). Personal injury practitioners (landlord & tenant and local government lawyers) may wish to read the review of the Trafford -v- Blackpool Council judicial review also in the same article.
  • Dealing with the recent discussion of written advocacy there is an example of a skeleton argument in a defamation case (in an application that was successful).
  • De Novo look at Mitchell and later developments in case law
  • Law Actually asks whether judges are being too harsh following the Jackson reforms.
  • Hill Dickinson have a section in Mitchell in their local authority update Keep it Local
  • It is interesting that Gregson’s Terms of Business have a clear and express reference to the Jackson reforms, the need for compliance with the procedural timetable and consequences of striking out (see paragraph 25)

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  • Jennings Costs Consultants have a discussion of the Durrant case at

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