Costs: Action not to be taken lightly

Laura Abbott sets out the key principles concerning costs and contentious probate proceedings Any claim should be approached on the basis that costs follow the event. Parties must therefore be willing, and able, to pay their own costs and those of their opponent if they are unsuccessful. Goodwin v Avison [2021] is a useful prĂ©cis …
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Inheritance: What is financial need?

Sophia Rogers looks at a decision illuminating the position on the recovery of CFA success fees in Inheritance Act 1975 awards Unless a CFA-funded claimant can recover their success fee or a contribution thereto as part of their award, the success fee constitutes a debt which may undermine the purpose of their carefully tailored, needs-based …
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Financial provision: Under the radar?

Amy Baugh suggests that the family courts may be subverting the strict considerations applicable to costs orders when dealing with debts arising from legal costs There is no rule requiring an analysis of a needs-based award of unpaid legal fees against the principles applicable to an actual costs order and such a comparison would serve …
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Schedule 1: All in the past?

Rebecca Stone analyses legal costs orders involving both historic and future costs The judgment in Re Z highlights the importance of solicitors applying for legal funding as early as possible, considering what credit, if any, they are prepared to extend to a client, and making it clear to clients from the outset they will cease …
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