Council election result
Following the recent election, the ACL can confirm that Rachel Wallace has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Council. She is a director of Worcester firm Costsdragon.
Latest Costs Lawyer now online
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South-west costs ADR service goes live
Costs Lawyer Nick Lee, managing director of Paragon Costs Solutions in Bristol, has launched a costs ADR service with his colleague, associate Lucy Baldwin, and barristers James Wibberley and Oliver Moore of Guildhall Chambers, also in Bristol.
Legal Costs Resolutions’ aim is to “eliminate issues between disputing parties and help achieve a quicker, more efficient resolution than would be achieved through a traditional detailed assessment”. This could be through early neutral evaluation, binding expert determination, facilitation and alternative assessments.
Mr Lee, who said they would be looking to grow the panel, said clients were increasingly looking for better ways to resolve costs disputes than the courts.
“The role of legal costs specialists has arguably never been more important. Our aim is therefore to form close working relationships with our clients and enable all parties involved in a dispute to benefit from a quick and cost-effective resolution.”
Local authority offers to turn costs into trees
The London Borough of Islington has offered to plant trees to a value equivalent to the costs it would incur in moving protesters if they voluntarily stop occupying a copse due to be felled.
According to the Local Government Lawyer website, Islington wants to build 27 council homes adjacent to its Dixon Clark Court tower block, but protesters have occupied the site’s trees to try to prevent them being felled.
Islington has been unable to proceed while the protest continues. It made the offer to divert the legal costs of removing the protesters into further tree planting, but did not say how much money this would involve.