ACL has its say on fixed costs
ACL chairman-elect Iain Stark (pictured) last week took part in an invitation-only workshop organised by the Civil Justice Council to assist the Ministry of Justice with thinking about the extension of fixed recoverable costs. The event, which had around 20 participants, addressed questions of principle rather than numbers, looking across the justice system as a whole rather than individual practice areas and in the context of other changes underway and ahead. It was chaired by Mr Justice Knowles CBE.
The event was private and Mr Stark was only able to say that “it was a meeting to explore the possible issues, being a precursor to a much wider and formal consultation process envisaged in the future”.
Fletcher extends advocacy rights
Dual-qualified Costs Lawyer Michael Fletcher, who runs the costs team at Manchester firm Glaisyers, has become one of the first Chartered Legal Executives to attain CILEx Litigator and Advocate status within civil proceedings. The extended practice rights allow Mr Fletcher to conduct litigation and attend open court in the county court and judge’s room matters in the High Court and county court.
The firm said: “Michael will use his extended rights to develop his costs law and practice offering to clients, notably within the costs budgeting, case and costs management process, meaning that clients can now instruct Glaisyers for the complete range of cost budget preparation and case management court attendance work; together with the traditional offering of bill preparation and detailed assessment advocacy.”
Commercial law help for members
Costs Lawyers now have access to the Croner Business Support Advice Line as a new benefit of ACL membership. It offers advice on health and safety; employment law and personnel; tax, VAT, PAYE, National Insurance and payroll; and commercial legal matters
For the details of how to access the service, contact Diane Pattenden at the ACL office.