News in brief – 12.11.2020

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Guideline rates reviewers named

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group reviewing the guideline hourly rates will not issue its final report until next summer, although there will first be a full consultation on the draft recommendations.

It has been tasked with delivering the final report to the CJC and deputy head of civil justice (Lord Justice Coulson) during the Trinity term 2021 – which runs from 8 June to 30 July.

The full membership of the working group, which is chaired by Mr Justice Stewart, has now been published. Senior Costs Judge Gordon-Saker is the deputy chair, with His Honour Judge Nigel Bird and District Judges Simon Middleton and Judy Gibson the other judicial members.

ACL Council member David Cooper is the Costs Lawyer representative, with Nick Bacon QC there for the costs Bar, along with claimant solicitor David Marshall, defendant solicitor Peter Causton, commercial solicitor Jeff Lewis and chartered legal executive Larry Shaw.

Elisabeth Davies, current chair of the Office for Legal Complaints – which oversees the Legal Ombudsman – has been named as the consumer representative. Robert Wright, who leads the Ministry of Justice’s work on civil costs, is also on the group, which is supported by Professors Paul Fenn and Neil Rickman.

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Costs judges’ salaries rise

The Senior Costs Judge saw his salary rise 3% to £148,820 from 1 April, according to recently published figures from the Ministry of Justice. Andrew Gordon-Saker is paid at the same level as the Chief Insolvency and Companies Court judge, the Chief Chancery Master and the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division, as well as Upper Tribunal judges.

The other judges in the Senior Courts Costs Office received a 2% increase to £143,095.

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