The ACL is carrying out its regular survey to gauge members’ views about a range of issues. The results will appear in the Costs Lawyer magazine/weekly eBulletin, and may also be used in our publicity.

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* 1. Over the past 12 months, have solicitors got better at sticking to their budgets?

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* 2. Since the introduction of rule 3.15A last year, has the number of applications to vary budgets…?

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* 3. Is it time to make budgeting mandatory for cases worth more than £10m?

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* 4. Following the comments of Master Davidson in the summer, do you think costs management controls costs better than detailed assessment?

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* 5. How are you getting on with new bill format? (Tick all that apply)

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* 6. What has the judiciary’s reaction been?

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* 7. Has the electronic bill increased the costs of detailed assessment?

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* 8. What has been the impact of Covid-19 on your practice? (tick all that apply)

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* 9. What is your experience of remote hearings? (Tick all that apply)

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* 10. Are you seeing greater interest in mediation to resolve costs disputes?

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* 11. Are you seeing an increase in solicitor/own client challenges?

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* 12. Do you agree with the Senior Costs Judge that a review of part 3 of the Solicitors Act 1974 is urgently required?

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* 13. What would be the impact on your practice of fixed costs for most money cases worth up to £100,000, as the government is planning to introduce?

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