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Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Limited [2015] EWHC 209 (QB)
The High Court has clarified the judiciary's approach to contingencies within budgets. In the dispute, contingencies accounted for around 10 per cent of both sides' future estimated costs.

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Ontulmus & Ors v Collett & Ors [2014] EWHC 4117 (QB) 
 The High Court awards costs against all three claimants on an indemnity basis, notwithstanding the fact that each party notionally succeeded in their claim for libel.

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Lindner v Rawlins [2015] EWCA Civ 61

The Court of Appeal expresses concerns over the withdrawal of legal aid for the majority of family proceedings, stating... 

"Money may have been saved from the legal aid funds, but an equal amount of expense, if not more, has been incurred in terms of the costs of judges' and court time."

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Court fees battle enters new phase
The war of words between the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the legal profession over court fees has escalated. Nine signatories, including the Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, have now signed a pre-action protocol letter as a prelude to a possible judicial review of the MoJ's plan.

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