Kerry Underwood considers how the costs landscape appears set to change in the coming months

Solicitors Journal and I have had more comebacks with each other than Dame Nellie Melba. I’m back. Again.

Winding back the clock, my first column appeared on 6 September 1996 and was entitled, How To Profit From Conditional Fees. I wrote: “The success fee can be challenged on taxation under Ord 62.r 15A of the Rules of the Supreme Court and the same provisions apply in the County Court by virtue of the County Court Rules Ord 38, R21(4a).”

Today, after 24 years the names of the rules have changed but the issues have not. So what are the likely hot topics over the next 18 months? The current problems have introduced the legal system to Zoom and remote hearings and meetings; and some of these apparently tempora...

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