News in brief – 22.11.2018

ACL survey goes live

Members will know that we carry out a survey of views at the Annual Conference, coming up this Friday. Those not attending, or those who are but would like to get ahead of the pack, can also take it online here. It will only take five minutes to complete.


SCCO publishes new guide

The Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2018 has been published, replacing the 2013 version with immediate effect. It is only in an electronic format so as to facilitate more regular revision – probably on an annual basis. It can be found on the Judiciary website here.

The main addition is a section on electronic bills, while the guide reveals that the SCCO’s fax machine is no more.


ATE deed replaces security for costs order

The High Court has ruled that a deed from the claimant’s after-the-event insurer indemnifying the defendant for any costs awarded against the claimant provided adequate security for costs and could be substituted for an order for payment into court.

In Lewis Thermal Ltd v Cleveland Cable Co Ltd, reported by Lawtel, Mrs Justice O’Farrell ruled that the deed of indemnity should cover all of the defendant’s budgeted costs, rather than the partial costs covered by the payments into court.

Benjamin Williams QC (instructed by Cubism Law) represented the claimant, with Alexander Hickey QC (instructed by DAC Beachcroft) for the defendant.


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