News in brief 8 December 2016

NHSLA targets costs mediation

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has named Costs Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) as one of the three members of its first mediation panel. It is joined by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and Trust Mediation. The two-year contracts were said to be worth £160,000 in total.

In a statement this week, the NHSLA said the tender enabled it “to use its unique buying power on behalf of the NHS to procure the highest quality mediation services for the NHS at the lowest possible cost”.

NHSLA chief executive Helen Vernon said: “We have used mediation to good effect throughout our 20-year history, including in high-profile cases and group actions. We will closely monitor the service to ensure we see the positive benefits we believe can result from greater uptake of this non-adversarial approach to dispute resolution.”

Hannah Rawlins, CADR Registrar, said: “We look forward to assisting in the streamlining of legal costs recovery, facilitating efficiency and promoting the swift and fair resolution of claims at every opportunity for all parties involved in the process.”

 

Nash joins the Elite

Former ACL chair Sue Nash (pictured) will join Elite Law Solicitors as senior consultant next month. Elite – born out of HM Law Costs Draftsmen – became the first costs-only practice to gain the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation this year.

Ms Nash is currently managing director of Litigation Costs Services (LCS), which she set up in 2002 with Terry Wisdom, one of the founders of the then-Association of Law Costs Draftsmen. LCS’s clients will transfer to Elite, and Ms Nash said they “will benefit from an increased team and the extensive range of services offered by Elite as well as receiving continuity from me and the LCS team”.

Ms Nash added: “Elite share my commitment to client service and to expanding the role of costs expertise to the benefit of their solicitor and lay clients. They are well-placed to meet the challenges that are coming for all litigators and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

 

No power to award civil costs in crime JR

The High Court, when hearing appeals or judicial reviews, has no power to make civil costs orders under section 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 when the underlying proceedings were criminal, the Court of Appeal has decided.

In Darroch & Anor v Football Association Premier League Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1220, Lord Justice Burnett said his opinions on the issue must be treated as obiter, but Lady Justice Hallett and Sir Brian Leveson, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, agreed with his conclusions.

 

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