News in brief 14th July 2016

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Bidwell Henderson continues to grow

Bidwell Henderson – the costs firm that works with self-employed consultants – will next month take on its 27th costs specialist, a little over two years since it opened for business. It specialises in legal aid work, but also has an inter partes team.

Based in Alfreton in Derbyshire, the firm was set up by Costs Lawyer Mark Bidwell, Trainee Costs Lawyer Rebecca Bidwell and non-practising solicitor Ann Henderson in 2014.

All of the consultants are self-employed and work either full- or part-time. There are no targets and the consultants are paid a monthly fee share of the work they produce. Ms Bidwell said: “They work flexible hours and are incentivised to prepare high-quality work. I believe this is at the core of our success.”

Part 36 payment period cannot be extended

The court has no discretion under CPR part 3 to extend the 14-day time limit provided for under rule 36.14(6) for payment of a part 36 offer, the High Court has ruled.

According to a report on Lawtel of Titmus v General Motors UK, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing ruled that part 36 was a self-contained code with clear rules designed to encourage out-of-court settlements, and that certainty would be undermined if part 3 allowed the court to extend the time for payment.


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