COSTS: “EMOTIVE AND OUTSTANDINGLY DULL AT THE SAME TIME” -
A FOREMOST CONTEMPORARY STATEMENT ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE COSTS REGIME
An appreciation by Elizabeth Robson Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers and Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”
We reviewed this excellent book nearly a decade ago when it first appeared. Many aspects of costs have changed but Mark Friston’s original comment on the subject matter remains impeccable: “the law of costs is a paradox in that it can be both emotive and outstandingly dull at the same time”!
The book has expanded to well over 2,000 pages for 2018- “more than twice as long as “War and Peace” says the author! Friston’s aim is explained when he writes that the editorial philosophy “is broadly the same as that of previous editions”. He explains that “the focus is on describing the law in full, usually with pinpoint references”.
Whilst “there are many questions that have yet to be addressed by the higher courts”, Friston has left gaps but he says he has done his best “to provide an analysis” which will be of immense assistance to the advocate in court even though his commentaries are produced with some reluctance.
Editorial changes have been introduced for the third edition. The editor has adopted “gender-neutral language” with most chapters being written with the assistance of at least one other author because of the complexity and scale of the law of costs.
Friston also includes non-binding decisions from the county courts and courts of first instance which we found very helpful. Additionally, in recognition of the fact that the funding of litigation frequently cross jurisdictional borders with an international readership, the editor has used experts beyond the jurisdiction of England and Wales.
Of great use to the modern advocate is the inclusion of topics which go to the provision of legal services in general, including legal project management, value-based pricing and litigation funding.
It is well-described as “the acclaimed authority on civil costs law”, was previously known as “Civil Costs: Law and Practice”. It’s separated into sixteen parts as a substantial text covering all aspects of the law of civil costs from the formation of contracts of retainers, funding, costs budgeting, and orders for and about costs, all the way through to the assessment of costs and beyond. Therefore, it is in our view most suitable for a very wide range of practitioners.
The extensive updating takes into account changes in the law following the Jackson reforms. It also includes discussions on the Consumer Rights Act 2015, alternative dispute resolution, alternative methods of pricing, and legal project management as mentioned above.
Friston features thorough cross referencing throughout, enabling the user to easily locate answers to even the most complex of costs issues. It’s undoubtedly an invaluable resource for costs judges and practitioners alike.
This third edition of the hardback book was published on 20th December 2018.
- Hardcover: 2304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press UK; 3 Revised edition edition (18 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198823304
- ISBN-13: 978-0198823308
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 8.1 x 18.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.6 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)