Costs budgeting—pilot scheme [Archived]
Costs budgeting—pilot scheme [Archived]

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

  • Costs budgeting—pilot scheme [Archived]
  • Purpose of the costs budgeting pilot schemes
  • What lessons were learnt—Mercantile court pilot scheme?
  • What lessons were learnt—defamation pilot scheme?

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note was archived as at 1 December 2013 and is for historical purposes only. It is useful for those wishing to understanding about the costs budgeting pilot schemes which ran prior to 1 April 2013.

Purpose of the costs budgeting pilot schemes

Two costs pilot schemes were used to see how costs budgeting would work in practice.

  1. Mercantile court pilot—this ran in all Mercantile and TCC courts and was a voluntary scheme. The pilot was monitored using questionnaires and phone calls to evaluate how effective it was in controlling costs and keeping clients informed as to the overall costs position. An interim report looked at its operation and published in February 2012, although relatively limited responses were received. A further report was published by Fenwick Elliot in October 2012.

  2. Defamation pilot—this ran in the RCJ and the Birmingham District Registry and applied to libel, slander and/or malicious falsehood claims. This was a mandatory scheme

For further detail on the pilot schemes and interim reports see Related Documents.

What lessons were learnt—Mercantile court pilot scheme?

The intention behind the pilot scheme was that a budget would not require any additional detail to that which a solicitor is obliged to provide under Solicitors Practice Rule 15.

Below are some of the concerns and results from the pilot scheme: