Marven joins ranks of costs silks
Well-known costs barrister Robert Marven of 4 New Square was appointed a QC in the silk round announced just before Christmas. Also on the list was Nicola Rushton of Hailsham Chambers, who has for many years been the preferred counsel of the Legal Aid Agency’s debt recovery department in its costs enforcement claims.
Aarhus cost hearings to be held in private
The judiciary has confirmed that, following the decision of Mr Justice Dove in R (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Others) v Secretary of State for Justice and Another  EWHC 2309 (Admin), where the Aarhus Convention costs-capping arrangements contained in CPR part 45.43 apply, any application for variation of the costs cap, where it proceeds to a hearing, will be heard in private in the first instance.
Rules changed for costs in land registration cases
The Tribunal Procedure Committee is amending the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) (Lands Chamber) Rules 2010 allow for the award of costs in cases appealed to the Upper Tribunal from the land registration division of the property chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. This is to cater for the transfer of such appeals from the tax and chancery chamber – where such a rule already exists – to the lands chamber.
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