Taylors scores long-awaited Lords CFA victory

Last week, textiles company Designers Guild and its law firm Blackburn-based Taylors finally had a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) upheld in the House of Lords. The Clerk of Parliaments – the Lords' equivalent of a costs judge – ruled in February 2002 that Designers Guild, which had won a copyright infringement case in the Lords, could not recoup costs because the CFA was invalid. This is because, at that point, the House of Lords had not introduced procedures to handle it. First revealed on www. thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 11 March