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An authoritative and comprehensive work covering all aspects of civil costs
"this authoritative and indispensible book, which, says Friston, meets the need for a practitioners' text focused solely on the law rather than on policy ...
practitioners tip-toeing into the lions' den of judicial argument on costs will do so with infinitely greater confidence armed with this new edition of 'Civil Costs'"
"a comprehensive work covering all aspects of civil costs, coupled with practical applications, detailed references and precedents ... compulsory reading for legislators, judges and lawyers here ... a valuable reference work which provides a one-stop shop for the law governing civil costs"
"this book is not a book. It is a life support system for every litigator ... the law of costs does throw up the most esoteric of points and, time after time, you will find your solutions here ... your life support system will be invaluable. Buy it. Read it"
"the Bible of the legal costs world ... whenever a complex legal costs issue arises on detailed assessment, this is the book that costs judges will reach for to resolve the issue ... head-and-shoulders above any other costs book on the market ... there is not a single proposition put forward that does not have a detailed corresponding reference for the authority ... on the rare occasion where the writer’s opinion alone is being given, this is made crystal clear ... dealing with real, practical issues ... written primarily as practitioners’ text, however, sections of it will be invaluable to students taking the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen’s Modular Training Course ... full of gems that even experienced costs practitioners will have either never come across or long since forgotten ... if you haven't ordered a copy, do so now"
"a new and refreshing work ... reader friendly ... practical and sensible guidance ... overing all topics concerning the assessment of civil costs ... should find its place near to every civil litigator and judge ... I would commend to student and experienced practitioner"
“a breath of fresh air over cost orders … in 1200 pages with a great index and 41 chapters, this authoritative and comprehensive work ranks highly with the most well known annual title … [includes] references to many authorities which are difficult to find elsewhere … a worthy book … advocates do not go into the judicial argument unprotected if they have Civil Costs with them”Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
“the obvious question is which one do I buy (Cook or Friston?) both is the answer … an exhaustive technical encyclopaedia of costs … points are covered in exquisite details … footnotes are magnificent … those on the frontline of costs disputes should have this work surgically attached to them … significant contribution to the vast cost landscape”
"a good book, and one that I am pleased to have in my library"The Austrialian Professional Liability Blog
"With this book there is no messing around – it’s all beautifully and sensibly structured and well indexed … There is not a single proposition put forward that does not have a detailed corresponding reference for the authority … Although the book is clearly focused on the needs of costs practitioners, it is a work that cries out to be on the shelf of all those involved in civil litigation. There is certainly not a solicitor or barrister who deals with civil matters who should be without a copy … Whenever a complex legal cost issue arises on detailed assessment, this is the book that cost judges will reach for to resolve the point … If Lord Justice Jackson’s dream of a future where judges are able to take proper control of costs matters is ever to become reality, then this is the starting place. This should be compulsory reading for all members of the judiciary, including cost judges"Simon Gibbs, Solicitors Journal Vol 156 no 15 17-04-12
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Provides a practical overview of the changes to costs and funding
"my preferred first port of call for any query on the law or procedure" PI Focus