News in brief – 06.09.2018

Chair Elect – ACL goes Green

Council member Claire Green (pictured) is to take over from Iain Stark as chair of the ACL next spring after no other members put themselves forward.

A Costs Lawyer for over 20 years, Claire has her own practice. She has sat on Council at various times since first joining it in 1999, at one point chairing the education committee, before leaving to become the ACL’s policy officer. She was re-elected to the Council last year.

She said: “While I am proud to be chair-elect of the ACL, in truth I would have preferred an election where I could have made my pitch to the membership. My priority will be to protect the interests of Costs Lawyers by promoting our reputation and enhancing our profile.

“I also want to explore ways to widen the association’s sphere of influence and so strengthen the organisation as a whole, as well as work out the best way forward on education.

“I will spell out my thinking in more detail nearer the time, but I intend to spend the next six months working closely with Iain and my fellow Council members so that we have a smooth transition and clear plan for the future.”


Annual Conference rebooted

The ACL Annual Costs Conference will take place on Friday 23 November in central London. The format has changed this year and it will be a one-day event, finishing with newly qualified Costs Lawyers collecting their certificates and a drinks reception for delegates. It will provide six hours of CPD.

Confirmed speakers and panellists so far are: Nicholas Bacon QC, District Judge Ian Besford, Senior Costs Judge Andrew Gordon-Saker, Master Jennifer James, PJ Kirby QC, District Judge Lumb, Andrew Post QC, Master Jason Rowley and Richard Wilcock.

The cost is £200 for members, £250 for non-members and £100 for those newly qualified Costs Lawyers. All prices are plus VAT.

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Win-win situation

The definition of ‘win’ in a conditional fee agreement between a pharmaceutical company and its solicitors applied to the company being awarded any relief set out in its claim form in judicial review proceedings, the High Court has ruled.

According to a Lawtel report of Blue Bio Pharmaceutical Ltd and Anor v DLA Piper UK Ltd and Anor, decided in July, Judge Bidder QC held that, although the claim form had expressed the desired remedy of a quashing order as being conditional on the court granting declaratory relief, “it was inconceivable that either party seriously considered that the court would grant the declarations rather than simply quashing the order and remitting it to the administrative body for reconsideration”. The quashing order was a ‘win’ and the company had to pay the solicitors’ invoices.


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