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This Practice Direction shall apply where
the parties are required to produce cost budgets in respect of the likely costs
of the litigation.
Budgets should be provided in any case
where the value of the claim including any counterclaim is reasonably estimated
to be less than £500,000 or where it is disputed by one of the parties on bona
fide grounds that the value of the claim is less than £500,000.
Any budget prepared must have regard to
the overriding objective.
Any budget required to be filed must be
filed no later than 7 days before the first summons for directions
When making any case management decision
in a case where cost budgets are required, the Court will be entitled to have
regard to any budget filed by any party and the costs involved for each
In a case where any costs budget has
been provided, when making any costs order whether following any procedural
application or a trial, the Court:-
- may have regard to any
costs budget filed by the party claiming costs;
- will not permit a party
to depart materially from such a costs budget unless satisfied there is
good reason to do so;
- may take into account
any such costs budget both in deciding what costs order to make,
including any payment on account of costs and on any taxation, by way of
summary assessment or full assessment;
- As far as reasonably
practicable the form of the costs budget shall be in the form annexed as
Schedule 1 to this Practice Direction.
- In providing information
in respect of hours worked or estimated to be worked the Schedule shall
identify the grade of fee earner involved by reference to Practice
Direction RC09/01, including any Factor ‘B’ uplift.
- The cost of any
correspondence between a party and its adviser or between lawyers shall be
included in the amount claimed in respect of each category of work carried
out or to be carried out.
- This practice direction
shall come into force on 1st June 2017.
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