09.00 – 09:30 - Registration and refreshments
09.30 – 09.40
Colin Campbell, Joint Editor of the Costs Law Reports
Welcome and Introduction
09.40 - 10.05
The Honourable Mrs Justice Joanna Smith DBE
10.05 - 10.35
Nicholas Bacon KC, Robert Marven KC and Matthew Waszak of 4 New Square Chambers
Costs Budgeting - "One size does NOT fit all" says the Civil Justice Council
To make it work, will budgeting be varied as between different areas of civil justice?
If so, how (and when)?
10.35 - 11.05
Shaman Kapoor of 39 Essex Chambers
Those Thorny Issues at Detailed Assessment
Hourly rates - want more than the GHR? How ‘complex’ is ‘complex’?
Bust the budget? Got a “good reason” to depart?
Fee remissions - the whys and wherefores
Can a receiving party be compelled to provide a full breakdown of a fee note?
How easy is it to persuade a judge on an application to vary a costs budget that the “development” is also “significant”?
11.05 -11.30 - Refreshments
11.30 - 12.00
Professor Dominic Regan
Part 36 Offers
Those Part 36.17(4) benefits - who gets them and how to avoid losing them?
Discourse on the ‘Baker’s Dozen’ of 2023 cases already published
Benjamin Williams KC of 4 New Square Chambers
Damages Based Agreements. Useful or useless?
Who would use a DBA: what are the risks of doing all that work and going unpaid?
12.30 - 13.00
Master Jennifer James, Costs Judge
Court of Protection Costs
Protecting the shortfall: who benefits?
13.00 - 14.00
Lunch – including tea, coffee and snacks
14.00 - 14.45
Alexander Hutton KC of Hailsham Chambers
Solicitors Act 1974
“I have no doubt that the 1974 Act is in urgent need of legislative attention”
Vos MR in Belsner; fair chance or fat chance?
14.45 - 15.15
Roger Mallalieu KC of 4 New Square Chambers
QOCS - Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting
The new CPR 44.14: set-off and enforcement rule Okay!
Kiss of death for “QOCS Protection” or Kiss of life for ATE insurance?
15.15 - 15.30
Dick Warner of Class Legal
A virtuoso Costs Law Reports Demonstration
Deputy Costs Judge Erica Bedford of Kings Chambers
Wasted Costs under S.51 Senior Court’s Act 1981 and how to avoid them.
Are lawyers opening a new front against lawyers?
Costa v Dissociadid Ltd  Costs LR 111
16.00 - 16.30
Master Jason Rowley - Costs Judge
New Fixed Costs Regime
The new Part 45. What (if anything) will more fixed costs fix?
Who (if anyone) will benefit apart from satellite litigators?
16.30 - 16.40
Panel Questions & Closing Remarks
Post Conference Drinks in the Ashworth Centre at the Lincoln’s Inn
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