Costs budgets—filing and exchange
Costs budgets—filing and exchange

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

  • Costs budgets—filing and exchange
  • Requirement to file and exchange a cost budget
  • When does a costs budget have to be filed and exchanged?
  • Can parties change the time for service of costs budgets?
  • What happens if I am late providing the costs budget?
  • I forgot to serve the costs budget—what happens now?
  • I have failed to file a costs budget—what happens now?
  • Court specific guidance

This Practice Note sets out when a costs budget must be filed at court and exchanged with other parties in the litigation as set out in CPR 3.13. It then looks at the effects (sanctions) of failing to serve in time and what options are then open to you ie an application for relief from sanctions. It also considers when you can agree to extend the time for compliance with CPR 3.1.3 under a buffer agreement (CPR 3.8(4)).

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which the matter is proceeding, specific considerations may apply, see: Court specific guidance.

Requirement to file and exchange a cost budget

In a case subject to the costs budgeting regime, each party has to file its costs budget with the court and exchange it with the other party (CPR 3.13). CPR 3.13 provides that the court may make an alternative order.

When does a costs budget have to be filed and exchanged?

The date for filing and exchanging a costs budget is generally set out in CPR 3.13. CPR 3.13 provides that all parties, except litigants in person, must file and exchange costs budgets by stipulated times. The timing varies depending on the value of the claim:

  1. filing with the