Kutter Walters Legal Costs

Legal Costs Services for South-East England We created our costing company in 2012 having both had extensive experience, a combined total of almost 15 years, in both publicly and privately funded costs.

Our company is based on a friendly and approachable structure and we aim to be an extension of your firm rather than simply an outsourced service at the conclusion of a matter. In order to do this we, we will always provide advice and guidance to assist solicitors throughout the matter. Costs Law can be a minefield, and we hope we can enable solicitors to concentrate on their areas of expertise without the worry of losing out financially.

Operating as usual

kutterwalters.co.uk 24/07/2020

Legal Aid: Changes To How You Get Paid

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kutterwalters.co.uk Since 13th July 2020 providers can now claim up to 4 POA in a 12 month period (an increase from 2). The mandatory transition to the LAA assessing cla

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Central London Lawyer, Westminster & Holborn Law Society May 2020

We were thrilled to be invited and take part at the annual President’s dinner at the read all about it in the latest issue of the Central London Lawyer here

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kutterwalters.co.uk 25/03/2020

Legal Aid: FAS Evidence Requirements Update In Light Of COVID-19 Restrictions

Check out the latest blog; Legal Aid: FAS Evidence Requirements Update In Light Of COVID-19 Restrictions

kutterwalters.co.uk In light of the current circumstances, you will need to ensure that FAS is able to be claimed in accordance with the LAA’s revised/relaxed rules for the sealin


At this time, Kutter Walters is continuing to undertake costing work as usual, however do ring us prior to sending any hard copy files directly to our Hove office as we are implementing home-working schedules where possible in accordance with the Government Guidelines.

We will continue to monitor the DX in the usual way for new work. Do get in contact with us with any queries and we wish everyone good health during this time.

Best wishes
Kutter Walters


Many thanks for the invitation to the Annual Presidents Dinner with Carolina Pedreno and the Westminster & Holborn Law Society. We feel privileged that we could celebrate with you on this special occasion within lovely surroundings at the Best Wishes from

kutterwalters.co.uk 21/02/2020

Legal Aid: Exceptional Travel FAS

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kutterwalters.co.uk It is important for solicitors who undertake advocacy at Court to consider whether they are allowed to claim for travel under FAS. The first consideration to b

kutterwalters.co.uk 14/02/2020

Legal Aid: High Costs 1 and 2 Counsel Events Cases

You can check out our latest blog by Eve Sperring on Legal Aid: High Costs 1 and 2 Counsel Events Cases - just click on the link for full details

kutterwalters.co.uk When switching between one and two counsel schemes on different cases, it can get confusing, due to the slight differences between them.  Here is a quick

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Claiming FAS Payments

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Claiming FAS Payments by Director, Karen Kutter just click on the link below for the full details

kutterwalters.co.uk With an increase to Hard Rejects on the horizon, it is vital for firms to ensure that all supporting documentation is accurate on submission of costs claims. T

kutterwalters.co.uk 10/01/2020

Legal Aid: High Costs 1 and 2 Counsel Events Cases

You can catch our latest blog by Eve Sperring on Legal Aid: High Costs 1 and 2 Counsel Events Cases
To find out more just click on the link below

kutterwalters.co.uk One of the things that is frequently contested when agreeing case plans, is whether an event should be payable for written submissions.  Counsel often see

kutterwalters.co.uk 04/12/2019

Legal Aid: High Costs 2 Counsel Events Cases

Catch Eve Sperring's blog on Legal Aid: High Costs 2 Counsel Events Cases here - just click the link below..

kutterwalters.co.uk Beware ‘hybrid’ cases!  We have had some difficulties in the past with LAA caseworkers seeking to apply single counsel event rates/rules to solicitors on

kutterwalters.co.uk 13/11/2019

Electronic Working and the Courts Electronic Filing System (CE-File): Billing

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Electronic Working and the Courts Electronic Filing System (CE-File): Billing - click the link to see the full blog

kutterwalters.co.uk Electronic filing, storage of e-files and online payments were one of the many recommendations of Jackson LJ and have been compulsory in some Business and Prop

kutterwalters.co.uk 08/11/2019

Legal Aid: 2 Counsel Events Non-Attendance Fees

Eve Sperring at Kutter Walters shares her latest blog on:
Legal Aid: 2 Counsel Events Non-Attendance Fees

kutterwalters.co.uk There has been some confusion among solicitors and Counsel about when the ‘non-attendance’ fee of £900 can be claimed.  Even in the old guidance it was cl


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kutterwalters.co.uk 19/10/2019

ACL Legal Aid Group Seminar Overview

ACL Legal Aid Group Seminar Overview by our very own Cost Draftsman, Gill Clark. See her blog update on https://www.kutterwalters.co.uk/single-post/2019/10/18/ACL-Legal-Aid-Group-Seminar-Overview

kutterwalters.co.uk This was my first time to meet the very likeable Duo that is Stephen Barker and Rob Damiao of the Legal Aid Agency and what a refreshing change and outloo

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Legal Aid is 70 years old today - it is so important, thank goodness it still exists!


Our very first annual Kutter Walters Brighton Legal Aid Seminar done! Thank you to everyone for coming and look forward to seeing you at the next one!


The LAA today have advised that there will be a £60,000 interim costs limitation increase for 2 Counsel/QC matters (rather than the proposed £32,500 from 3rd June) without the need for an interim case plan. Single Counsel Events matters will remain as £32,500.


The Legal Aid Agency’s pilot scheme has finally been rolled out to providers. From 19th April applications for a number of proceedings are automatically being granted a £25,000 costs limitation. Some existing matters will also show a default costs limitation of £25,000 on CCMS.


Visit our Website at www.kutterwalters.co.uk to book your FREE ticket to our 2019 Legal Aid Costs Seminars, being held this Summer!


Very happy to welcome Legal Aid Costs Expert, Gill Clark to the Kutter Walters’ team today! Her extensive experience in Legal Aid Costs will no doubt be a huge benefit to our clients and we look forward to working with her.


Court Orders required for Disbursements

Mandatory - Court Orders directing that certain expert fees are to be incurred are required for the following types of expert:
* Risk Assessment experts
* Transcription fees
* Drug / alcohol testing (unless prior authority obtained)
* Counsel advice (as an expert in foreign law)

Discretionary - The LAA may require Court orders for disbursements in relation to the following:
* Any expert if apportionment is unusual
* If an expert from a different location is being instructed
* DNA testing


Fees for disclosure of records post GDPR

Remember that fees paid for disclosure of records (eg medical / police) will not be recoverable from the LAA post GDPR changes in May 2018.


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Interpreter fees

LAA will not pay for interpretation provided in the Court as this is to be funded by HMCT directly. However as HMCT will not fund interpreter fees outside of the Court eg to take instructions this is to be funded by the LAA. The LAA had been requiring a 2/3 rate for waiting whilst the hearing took place, however, LASPO did not provide for a "waiting rate" for experts therefore the full time an interpreter is engaged will be funded by the LAA. The Court remains responsible for funding interpreters in Court hearings. Travel is still payable at the 2/3 rate.


Starting on 1 October 2015 all single counsel/solicitor care cases will be paid under the VHCC Family Care Case Fee Scheme (CCFS). The only exception will be if you can show you would be paid at least 30% more by claiming hourly rates with a case plan rather than using the CCFS model. Full case planning is applied to those cases that are exceptional in nature and where CCFS does not properly remunerate the costs of the case.


CCMS bulk upload

Kutter Walters has been part of the Pilot Bulk Upload scheme in preparation for mandatory CCMS billing from October this year. This is being rolled out for all providers from 16th June 2015.

Following a huge number of concerns raised regarding the online system and the delays caused by its slow processes, the bulk upload scheme was initiated to allow for costing to be undertaken off the system and the final bill to uploaded in a few short steps at the end. Whilst this has had a few glitches, the method is significantly faster than costing line by line on the CCMS system.

We have been monitoring both methods closely and have worked together with our clients to put forward comments and suggestions to the LAA in order to better CCMS billing for both costs lawyers and solicitors. We are pleased that this is now being rolled out for all providers.


The welcome delay of CCMS

Following a number of complaints regarding CCMS, the LAA has announced that the mandatory roll out of the system will now be delayed until February 2016. This has been welcomed across the profession. As it stands, the CCMS system is riddled with problems causing huge delays for solicitors and costs lawyers alike.

Whilst there will no doubt be benefits of the system, until it works efficiently the problems have outweighed these dramatically. Whilst at Kutter Walters, we have managed to bypass many of the problems by enrolling ourselves onto the bulk upload pilot, we have also experienced a number of delays due to flaws in the system.

We look forward to the problems being ironed out by February 2016, as we predict that this system will undoubtedly result in faster payments to our clients.


Over 4k raised at Brighton Legal Walk

The Brighton Legal Walk in aid of the London Legal Support Trust raised over £4000 on Monday. We were one of the local teams who walked 10km across Brighton & Hove to support the worthy cause. The LLST will use this money toward promoting access to justice to vulnerable people across the UK.

A big thank you to the Brighton Housing Trust and Dine Catering for providing a delicious meal at the end and a place to rest our sore feet (some of us having worn entirely inappropriate footware!).

Thank you to all who sponsored us!


Kutter Walters has signed up for the Brighton Legal Walk in support of the London Legal Support Trust. Come support the provision of free legal advice!

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Kutter Walters Legal Costs

Our fresh new look website is now live! http://www.kutterwalters.co.uk

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We have moved! A busy weekend, but we are now up and running in our new Brighton and Hove based offices on Church Road. Plenty of room for growth - looking forward to many happy years here.



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