Costs Lawyer legal research


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The Association of Costs Lawyers’ training material advises:

“Whilst it is acceptable to use the internet for legal research, this means proper legal research on sites such as Westlaw, Lexis, Bailii, legislation.gov.uk et cetera; citing Google or Wikipedia and such as authority for any legal proposition is unacceptable”

I guess that still leaves the Legal Costs Blog as something of a grey area.


7 thoughts on “Costs Lawyer legal research


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    Cash the Pigeon on said:

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    Has anyone ever truly cited “Google” or “Wikipedia” as an authority for any legal arguments?

    I’ve come across some utter morons in my time, but never yet run into that.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    Interesting angle by the ACL; thoroughly sick of their members asking me for copies of cases, because (1) they misquoted originally and didn’t understand why I disagreed and referred them to the transcript, or (2) they don’t have access to the legal resources above (PAY then!)

    More interestingly, whilst never enjoyed the mirth-inducing “its on Google” quote yet, I have referred and had referred to me, both this blog, and that of Gordon Exall, and the Judges concerned happily concurred


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    Charles Wheatcroft on said:

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    No Google or Wiki but I saw a notable Birmingham firm reject some case law as it was “very old”. Whilst very old, it was still valid and no ‘new’ law was offered in its place.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    @ charles wheatcroft

    I’ve had that too, specifically on disputes where there’s been arguments as to whether an offer had been made and accepted – seems draftsmen don’t believe Contract Law applies to them!


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    abcde on said:

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    Not referring to hyde v wrench are you by chance?


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    Annony on said:

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    Given the purposed level of instruction needed for costs lawyers, further to abdce’s post.

    A simplified version

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3pf5_eV_xI

    PS Do not use this link as an authority in pod or replies.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    and this is the organisation, that now wants its members to be QC’s (hint – the clue is in the name)

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