BLP Partner to launch litigation over phone hacking scandal

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate and commercial disputes partner Graham Shear has launched a claim against the News of the World (NoW) for phone-hacking.

Shear has appointed fellow BLP commercial litigator Joby Davies to advise him on the breach of privacy claim against NoW, as well as Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC and David Sherborne of 5RB.

In light of the fact that fee earners cannot enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement with their own firm, this is one case where NoW will not be at risk of the  costs risk of additional liabilities that they so fear.

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How much does the Government’s decisions cost?

Every time the government makes a change in policy, there is a cost consequence. At present, the costs consequences of the Jackson reforms are unknown but one would estimate that they will be significant. However, the costs consequences of other decisions are known.

We were instructed to act for one of the local authorities in a Judicial Review of a decision by the Secretary of State for Education, when he decided to cancel the buildings for schools program on the grounds that it was believed that the costs of such a scheme were inflated. The costs consequences of one decision, no matter how reasonable the decision was, resulted in significant costs being paid both by the local authorities and the relevant bodies responsible for the building programs to their legal representatives, such bill of costs ultimately being passed on to the government. The costs consequences collectively had several figures.

It is clear that it is necessary to account and justify every decision made both by the government, and those challenging the decisions such are the costs consequences. It is therefore important to work with a costs conscious firm of experts such as Carlisle Legal Costing, when conducting litigation.

Countdown to J Day

Reports out today suggest that J Day, or Jackson Implementation Day, is to be 1 October 2012.

Matters to be decided are the appropriate level of fixed costs for fast track matters, not exclusively limited to Personal Injury, but to include Insolvency. The fixing of costs will eliminate the arguments over the costs of costs and so the court system will be breathe a sigh of relief. Well a temporary one. MPs are warning the Judiciary that there will be a significant increase in Litigants In Person. LIPs are set to invade family courts following the reductions in availability of legal aid. Judges will no doubt be screaming how they long for the return of detailed assessment hearings.