News in brief – 11.02.2021

CLSB launches latest coronavirus impact survey

The Costs Lawyer Standards Board is conducting a survey to help it understand how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Costs Lawyers and their practices. It follows the survey run during the first lockdown.

The second Coronavirus Impact Survey contains nine questions and takes three minutes to complete. It will be open until 4 March.

The CLSB said: “Your participation will help us get an up-to-date picture of how the profession is being affected, which is vital in enabling us to continue to support you, your clients and your fellow practitioners. Thank you in advance for your contribution.”

Click here to take part.


Definition of proportionality to be expanded

The definition of proportionality in CPR 44.3(5) will be expanded on 6 April to take into account the involvement of vulnerability of parties and witnesses, it has been confirmed.

As we reported in December, the next update of the CPR will include a series of changes, including to the overriding objective, to reflect vulnerability.

The update will also include a tweak to part 36. “Following inconsistency in case law, the rule change provides clarity, particularly for litigants in person, that [a part 36 offer] can include accruals of interest but where it is silent on this point, the presumption will be that the offer is inclusive of all interest.”


Obituary – Simon Pearson

Former Costs Lawyer Simon Pearson contracted Covid-19 and sadly died last month, aged just 61, Terry Wisdom writes.

Simon studied botany at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and then entered the civil service and worked at the Royal Courts of Justice, where he rose to senior clerk to the costs masters. During this time, he studied at the Open University for a degree in natural sciences.

In 1989, he joined Clyde & Co as a law costs draftsman, moving in 1992 to Law Costs Consultancy, where he worked until it closed its Chorleywood office in 2011. He was hugely valued for his conscientious approach to his work, his performance at taxations/assessments, and his ability to rescue dying office pot plants! His dry sense of humour was always very evident and much appreciated.

Simon also worked as a freelance costs draftsman for Budworth & Nolan and Group Litigation Costs Services, until both subsequently closed their offices.

Simon went on to work for Milner Elledge Solicitors as a costs consultant until retiring in 2019. 

Simon had many interests. He helped set up a caving society at university and took up an interest in archery and running. He was a cricket scorer, a gardener and a model engineer. He collected and embellished war games miniature figurines and participated in gaming.

On retirement, he rekindled his interest in running and also joined an astronomy group. He was treasurer to several charities in his hometown of Ware, Hertfordshire.

A man of many parts who will be hugely missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Simon leaves his wife Teresa, son David and daughter Charlotte.

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