The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
ARCHIVED: this archived Practice Note is not maintained and is for background information purposes only. Further, some of the links may not direct you to the provisions as at the date the guidance in this Practice Note was published. For further information on previous and/or subsequent amendments to the CPR, see: CPR Updates—overview and Civil procedure rule committee minutes—overview.
New costs rules and practice directions
Transitional provisions for funding agreements
Reform of conditional fee agreements
Ban on referral fees
Reform of After the Event insurance
Damages based agreements
Increased sanctions under Part 36
Non-pecuniary general damages—10% increase
Payments on account
Qualified one way costs shifting
Witnesses of fact
A wholesale review of the costs rules and practice directions was undertaken by a subcommittee of the CPR Committee. Removal of rules relating to funding agreements has resulted in the need to renumber the rules, which means that since 1 April 2013 costs are now dealt with in Parts 44–47 rather than Parts 43–48 as was previously the case. In addition, the costs practice direction has been restructured so that there is now one practice direction per Part rather than one costs practice direction running over all the parts dealing with costs.
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