Costs estimates [Archived]
Costs estimates [Archived]

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

  • Costs estimates [Archived]
  • What is an estimate of costs?
  • Why is an estimate important?
  • When must an estimate of costs be provided?
  • Guidance on completing an estimate of costs
  • What is the purpose of an estimate?
  • Assessment and the 20% differential

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note is based on provisions revoked on 1 April 2013. It is archive and therefore for historical purposes only.

This Practice Note covers costs estimates which must be filed at court and served on the parties (and on the client), under practice direction 44, para 6. It should be considered in conjunction with the following Practice Notes:

  1. Own client costs information [Archived] which deals with the costs information which must be provided to the client, under the 2011 Solicitors Code of Conduct

  2. Costs Management in Mercantile and TCC courts — pilot scheme. There is currently a costs management pilot scheme running in the Mercantile and TCC courts in which parties have to provide a costs budget at the first CMC

What is an estimate of costs?


An 'estimate of costs' is defined in the Costs practice direction as:

(i) an estimate of the:

  1. base costs (including disbursements) already incurred, and

  2. base costs (including disbursements) to be incurred

which a party, if successful, intends to seek to recover from any other party under an order for costs


(ii) in proceedings where a party has pro bono representation and intends, if successful, to seek an order under section 194(3) of the Legal Services Act 2007 (payments to a prescribed charity in respect of pro bono representation), an estimate of