Costs budgeting was introduced on 1 April 2013 as part of the Jackson reforms and applies to all Part 7 multi-track claims with a value of less than £10 million (subject to limited exceptions). Parties must ensure that costs budgets are filed and exchanged by the date specified or 7 days prior to the first Case Management Conference (“CMC”).
There are strict time limits for bringing a personal injury or medical negligence action. Whilst the general rule is that a Claimant has 3 years from the date of the negligence, or date of knowledge of the negligence, in which to either settle their claim or issue court proceedings against a Defendant, this is not always the case and each case should be assessed on its own facts. It is advisable to seek advice if there are any doubts as to the date.
Your solicitor has no duty to check or guarantee the creditworthiness of your buyer or seller in a property transaction. If you do require any further information on this then this is for you to obtain or specifically instruct your solicitor to do it.
In the recent case of Tiuta International Ltd (in Liquidation) v De Villiers Chartered Surveyors Ltd  the court has demonstrated its unwillingness to depart from the well-established test of causation.
The scope of a valuer’s duty to an investment purchaser has been revisited by the High Court in the case of Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Knight Frank LLP.
The Town and County Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (SI 2015 /595) (“the Order”) introduced a number of provisions relating to the deemed discharge of planning permission conditions.
One of the last legislative acts of the coalition government was to pass the Infrastructure Act which, among other things, introduces further liberalisation of the planning laws by speeding up the process of approving planning conditions (or deemed discharge). According to the Office for National Statistics, Britain is building only half the number of houses it needs to keep up with population growth – a situation which has not improved much since the 1970s. The planning regime stands accused of being one of the main barriers to increased levels of development and one of the reasons for this is the slow approval of applications to discharge planning conditions.
The reported case of Scott -v- Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust  Ew Misc B53 (CC) highlights the importance of solicitors being able to prove there is a valid retainer between them and their client. Failure to do so is likely to result in a solicitor being unable to recover their costs from their client.
It is crucial for contractors to know at tender stage what survey information they can and cannot rely on, otherwise they face significant risks as the project progresses. There is in general no implied warranty given by the employer that the contractor can rely on any surveys given at tender stage.
It is worth reminding contractors in the heritage sector of some old fashioned legal principles. These will apply where the contractor is working under an unsophisticated contract, for clients such as residential owners.