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ATE Insurance

Formality requirements
Tilby v Perfect Pizza Ltd (February 2002 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Richards v Davis (November 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Premiums
Ashworth v Peterborough United Football Club Ltd (June 2002 : Master Wright)

The Claims Direct Test Cases (1) (July 2002 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

The Claims Direct Test Cases (2) (January 2003 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Pirie v Ayling (February 2003 : Chief Master Hurst)

Sarwar v Alam (March 2003 : Master Rogers)

The Accident Group Test Cases (1) (May 2004 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

The Accident Group Test Cases (2)(Swing Premium) (May 2003 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Wooldridge v Hayes (February 2005 : Master O'Hare)

RSA Pursuit Test Cases (May 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Tyndall v Battersea Dogs Home (September 2005 : Master Wright)

Able UK Ltd v Reliance Security Services Ltd [2006]EWHC 90058 (Costs) (March 2006 : Master Wright)

Winmill v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council [2007] EWHC 90092 (Costs) (November 2007 : Master Rogers)

Smith v Interlink Express Parcels Ltd [2007] EWHC 90095 (Costs) (July 2007: Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Conditional Fee Agreements

Assignment of agreement
Jenkins v Young Brothers Transport Ltd (June 2005 : Master Campbell)

Formality requirements

Woods v Chaleff (April 2002 : Master Rogers)

The Accident Group Test Cases (November 2002)

Ghannouchi v Houni Ltd (March 2004: Master Seager Berry)

Samonini v London General Transport Services Ltd (January 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Myatt v National Coal Board (August 2005 : Master Wright; upheld on appeal, see [2006] EWCA Civ 1017)

Oyston v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2006] EWHC 90053 (Costs) (May 2006 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Brennan v Associated Asphalt Ltd [2006] EWHC 90052 (Costs) (May 2006 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge: in October 2006 an appeal against this decision was allowed by consent)

Oduvbu v Dualeh[2006] EWHC 90059 (Costs) (July 2006 : Master Rogers)

White v Revell[2006] EWHC 90054 (Costs) (September 2006 : Master Wright) Fosberry v HMRC[2006] EWHC 90061 (Costs) (October 2006 : Master Wright; upheld on appeal; [2007] EWHC 2249 (Ch))

Andrews v Harrison Taylor Scaffolding & Ors [2007] EWHC 90071 (Costs) (February 2007 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Bevan v Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd [2007] EWHC 90073 (Costs) (May 2007 : Master Wright)

Kashmiri v Ejaz & Anor [2007] EWHC 90074 (Costs) (June 2007 : Master Simons) Myers v Bonnington (Cavendish Hotel) Ltd. [2007] EWHC 90077 (Costs) (July 2007 : Master Rogers; in February 2008 an appeal to the Central London County Court was dismissed by consent)

Foord v American Airlines Inc [2007] EWHC 90076 (Costs) (June 2007 : Master Simons)

Galitzky v Vizards Wyeth (A Firm) [2007] EWHC 90083 (Costs) (August 2007 : Master Gordon-Saker )

Utting v McBain [2007] EWHC 90085 (Costs) (August 2007 : Master Campbell; upheld on appeal by Blake J, sitting with assessors, [2007] EWHC 3293 (QB))

Dole v ECT Recycling Ltd [2007] EWHC 90086 (Costs) (September 2007 : Master Rogers)

Barlow v Perks [2007] EWHC 90087 (Costs) (October 2007 : Master Rogers)

Elstone v Knowles [2007] EWHC 90089 (Costs) (November 2007 : Deputy Master Rowley)

Housing disrepair cases

Bowen v Bridgend County Borough Council (March 2004 : Master O’Hare)

Hughes v London Borough of Newham (July 2005 : Master O'Hare)

Meaning of the terms agreed

Brierly v Prescott[2006] EWHC 90062 (Costs) (March 2006 : Master Gordon-Saker)

Beckham v First News Ltd [2006] EWHC 90063 (Costs) (November 2006 : Master Rogers)

Notices of funding
Metcalfe v Clipston (April 2004 : Master Campbell)

Cullen & Anor v Chopra [2007] EWHC 90093 (Costs) (December 2007 : Master Campbell)

Recovery of success fees on summarily assessed costs
Thompson v Anderson (December 2003 : Master Campbell)


Requests for information about other methods of financing costs
Hutchings v British Transport Police Authority[2006] EWHC 90064 (Costs) (October 2006 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Solicitor's duty to give costs information
Duffy v Port Ramsgate Ltd; (February 2004 : Master O'Hare)

Success Fees
Bensusan v Freedman (September 2001 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Abrew v Tesco Stores (May 2003: Master Rogers)

Haines v Sarner (April 2005 : Deputy Master Howarth)

King v Telegraph Group Ltd [2005] EWHC 90015 (Costs) (December 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge: overruled in part by Birmingham City Council v Forde [2009] EWHC 12 (QB) (Christopher Clarke J))
King v Telegraph Group Ltd (December 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Dahele v Thomas Bates & Sons Ltd [2007] EWHC 90072 (Costs) (April 2007 : Master Haworth)

Spiralstem Ltd v Marks & Spencer Plc [2007] EWHC 90084 (Costs) (August 2007 : Master Campbell ; in December 2007 an appeal to a High Court judge was settled on terms not disclosed to the court)

Costs Caps

Holiday litigation
A A & Ors v Tui UK Ltd & Ors [2005] EWHC 90017 (Costs) (August 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Court of Protection Cases

Costs of professional receivers
In the matter of Radcliffe (December 2004 : Master O'Hare)

In the matter of Ashton[2006] EWHC 90060 (Costs) (July 2006 : Master O'Hare)

Smith & Ors, Re [2007] EWHC 90088 (Costs) (October 2007 : Master Haworth)

Fixed Costs

Fees of medical reporting agency
Woollard v Fowler[2005] EWHC 90051 (Costs) (May 2006 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge; in January 2007 the appeal to the Court of Appeal withdrawn following a successful mediation)

Whether allowance of success fee on fixed costs is discretionary
Wetzel v KBC Fidea [2007] EWHC 90079 (Costs) (March 2007 : Master O'Hare)

Indemnity Principle

Collective conditional fee agreements
Gliddon v Lloyd Maunder Ltd (January 2003 : Master O'Hare)

Costs paid by insurers
Smith v Hancock (October 2005 : Master Campbell)

Legal Aid

Liability under Access to Justice Act 1999 section 11
Frost v James Finlay Bank Ltd (March 2003 : Master Simons)

Yenula Properties Ltd v Naidu (June 2003 : Master Campbell)

Ryan v Dunscrest Ltd (May 2004 : Master Wright, reversed in part, see Case Summaries, No 27 of 2005)

Jeffrey v Havering Hospitals Nhs Trust (June 2004 : Master Simons, appeal settled August 2004 without a hearing)

Cafane v Lambeth LB (September 2004 : Master Gordon-Saker)

Thompson v Bradford[2006] EWHC 90065 (Costs) (October 2006 : Master Rogers)

Kay v LB Lambeth [2007] EWHC 90068 (Costs) (December 2006 : Master Rogers; appeal to the Court of Appeal dismissed by consent)

Crehan v Inntrepreneur Pub Co Ltd & Anor [2007] EWHC 90081 (Costs) (August 2007 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Litigants in Person

Litigant an accountant
Knight v Maggioni [2006] EWHC 90056 (Costs) (March 2006 : Master Simons)

Litigant an American attorney
Pritchard Englefield v Steinberg (March 2003 : Master Rogers)

Litigant an employed solicitor
McIlwraith v McIlwraith (July 2005 : Master O'Hare)

Assessment of fees of overseas lawyers
Societa Finanziaria Industrie Turistiche SpA v Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio De Clunieres Di Balsorano & Anor [2006] EWHC 90068 (Costs) (June 2006 : Master Gordon-Saker)

Claims for costs of in-house solicitors as well as solicitors on record
Ultraframe (UK) Ltd v Eurocell Building Plastics Ltd & Anor [2006] EWHC 90069 (Costs) (July 2006 : Master Campbell)

Non-Contentious Costs

Costs information supplied to residuary beneficiary; relevance
Barrett v Rutt-Field(January 2004 : Master Rogers)


Hourly rates and value element

Jemma Trust Co Ltd v Liptrott (1) (September 2002 : Master Rogers : reversed on appeal, see [2003] EWCA Civ 1476)

Jemma Trust Co Ltd v Liptrott (2) (February 2004 : Master Rogers): upheld on appeal, see [2004] EWHC 1404)

Practice and Procedure

Application under CPR 44.14 (misconduct)
Smith v Havering Hospitals NHS Trust (May 2003 : Master Wright)

Pritchard Englefield v Steinberg (No 2) (October 2003 : Master Rogers)

Costs estimates
Burns v Novartis Grimsby Ltd (February 2004 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Costs of work done by a litigation friend
Poccia v Toussiant (July 2004 : Master Seager Berry)

Costs of work done by claims and recovery agents

Papera Traders Co Ltd v Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (The Eurasian Dream) (September 2003 : Master Seager Berry, appeal to Court of Appeal settled March 2004 without a hearing)

Disclosure of documents
N G Bailey & Co Ltd v Amec Design & Management Ltd (October 2003 : Master Rogers)

Owens v Biffa Waste Services Ltd (April 2004 : Master O'Hare)

Ruttle Plant Hire Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2007] EWHC 90091 (Costs) (December 2007 : Master Campbell)

Vinayak & Anor (t/a Doctors Chambers) v Lovegrove & Eliot (a firm) [2007] EWHC 90096 (Costs) (July 2007 : Master Campbell)

Earliest time for detailed assessment
Bottin (International) Investments Ltd v Venson Group Plc (May 2005 : Master Campbell)

Hourly rates for solicitors

Holland v PKF (a firm) (October 2004 : Master Wright)

Tribe v Southdown Gliding Club Ltd & Ors [2007] EWHC 90080 (Costs) (June 2007 : Master Gordon-Saker)

Meaning of "costs of and incidental to"
Newall & Anor v Lewis & Ors [2007] EWHC 90078 (Costs) (March 2007 : Master Campbell: reversed in part on appeal; see [2008] EWHC 910 (Ch))

Offers to settle under CPR 47.19
Forward v Burton (May 2005 : Master Wright)

Rights of audience
Ahmed v Powell (February 2003 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Summary assessment of costs awarded by an arbitrator
Rotary Watches Ltd v Rotary Watches (USA) Inc (December 2004 : Master Rogers)

Words and phrases: "costs of action"

Alpacas Ltd v Wilsey (July 2003 : Master Simons)

 

Proportionality

Commercial Court Cases
Toyota Financial Services (UK) PLC v Sharma (August 2002 : Master Rogers)

Commercial Claim in the QBD

Holland v PKF (a firm) (August 2004 : Master Wright)

Sirius International Insurance -v- Erc Frankona Ruckversicherungs AG (July 2002 : Master Wright)

Defamation proceedings

Abu v MGN Ltd (July 2004 : Master O'Hare)
King v Telegraph Group Ltd (December 2005 : Chief Master Hurst, Senior Costs Judge)

Personal injury claim
Finster v Arriva London & Anor [2007] EWHC 90070 (Costs) (February 2007 : Deputy Master Williams)

Relevance of costs incurred pre-CPR
Clyde v Thomson Holidays (November 2002 : Master Campbell)

 

Solicitors Act 1974

One fifth rule
Slade v Boyes Turner Solicitors (October 2003 : Master Campbell)

Allen v Colman Coyle Llp [2007] EWHC 90075 (Costs) (June 2007 : Master Simons)

Special circumstances

Bassett v Sears Tooth (March 2004 : Master Wright)

Lakhani v Eversheds (October 2004 : Master Wright)

Antares SRL v The Simpkins Partnership (Master Rogers : April 2005)

Sharif v The Law Society [2005] EWHC 90018 (Costs) (November 2005 : Master Rogers)

Barnes v Stones[2007] EWHC 90069 (Costs) (January 2007 : Master Simons)

BFS Investments Plc v Manches Plc [2007] EWHC 90082 (Costs) (August 2007 : Master Gordon-Saker )

Termination of retainer
Kyriakides & Braier v Klamer (November 2005 : Master Simons)


Time Limits

Radcliffes le Brasseur v Wickes (February 2004 : Master Wright)

Value Added Tax

Whether VAT on costs was recoverable from the paying party
United States of America v Phillip Morris Inc[2006] EWHC 90067 (Costs) (May 2006 : Master O’Hare)

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