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QOCS gets the John Grisham treatment

Personal injury practitioners should read and use Kerry Underwood's book on QOCS, or they may well lose out, advises Gordon Exall

14 April 2016

The full title of this book is significant: Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting, Section 57 and Set-off. For those involved in personal injury litigation, these are likely to be key issues for the foreseeable future. They cannot be ignored. It should be clear, even without this review, that this is a book that needs to be at the desk of every personal injury litigator.

The surprising thing about qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) is that this is neither innovative nor new. Underwood points out that the Jackson report merely follows a model of costs used in 1531, which provided protection for 'poor persons'. The Jackson report recommended a similar model, but that it should be means tested; this element was rejected by the Rules Committee.

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Underwood clearly wants you to read the book all the way through - like a Grisham novel, only, of...

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