Costs budgeting—completing Precedent H (costs budget)

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Costs budgeting—completing Precedent H (costs budget)
  • Which CPR provisions apply?
  • What is Precedent H?
  • Which form should I use?
  • Long form v short form—practical points
  • Completing Precedent H—budget must reflect the client’s costs liability
  • Completing Precedent H—incurred costs
  • What are incurred costs?
  • Incurred costs—blended rates
  • Incurred costs—summarily assessed
  • More...

Costs budgeting—completing Precedent H (costs budget)

On 1 October 2020, changes to both section II of CPR 3 and CPR PD 3E dealing with costs budgeting came into force through the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2020, SI 2020/747 and the 122nd update—practice direction amendments, the two documents that set out the 1 October 2020 changes. This Practice Note sets out the position from 1 October 2020. For an insight into the changes, see Practice Note: Tracker—costs management and costs budgeting review and future changes—Significant changes to costs budget rules (1 October 2020). For other information, see Q&As: Where can I access the old rules on costs budgeting in Part 3 and practice direction 3E that were in force until 30 September 2020? and Where can I find the documents that set out the October 2020 changes to CPR 3 and CPR PD 3E?

This Practice Note provides assistance in completing Precedent H, the court form setting out a costs budget. This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Cost budgets—form, content and practical considerations.

Which CPR provisions apply?

The provisions in CPR 3 and CPR PD 3E apply.

What is Precedent H?

Precedent H is a court form. While it is not a requirement to use Precedent H itself, a party’s costs budget must be in the form of Precedent H annexed to CPR PD

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