High Court comments on “obvious case” for departing from costs budget

In ordering a defendant to make an interim payment on account of the successful claimant’s costs, the High Court has awarded a sum considerably higher than the claimant’s last court approved costs budget, commenting that this was an obvious case for a substantial upward departure from the approved budget: The Board of Trustees of National … Read more

High Court imposes severe sanction for failure to file costs budget

Where a claimant failed to file a costs budget by the required date, the court (Master McCloud) ordered that the claimant should be treated as having filed a budget limited to court fees, and refused the claimant’s application to grant relief from that sanction: Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Limited [2013] EWHC 2179 and 2355 (QB). … Read more

Consultation on extending costs management to Commercial Court and higher value claims in other business courts

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has set up a sub-committee to advise on whether to retain the current exceptions to the mandatory costs management regime which was introduced from 1 April 2013 as part of the Jackson reforms (click here for more information). The current exceptions are: a blanket exception for the Commercial Court; and an exception for claims of over £2 … Read more

Court of Appeal comments on court’s approach to costs management

In granting permission to appeal against a costs management order made under the pilot scheme in the Leeds Mercantile Court, the Court of Appeal (Moore-Bick LJ) made interesting comments regarding the court’s approach to costs management: Troy Foods Ltd v Manton [2013] EWCA Civ 615. (Click here for our outline of the new costs management procedures introduced from 1 April 2013 as … Read more

High Court decision indicates strict line on revision of costs budgets

The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a costs budget, which has been approved by the court as part of a costs management order, can subsequently be revised or rectified: Murray & anor v Neil Dowlman Architecture Limited [2013] EWHC 872 (TCC). Although permission to revise the budget was granted on the unusual facts of … Read more