Detailed assessment: how to apply for a hearing (prior to April 2013) [Archived]
Detailed assessment: how to apply for a hearing (prior to April 2013) [Archived]

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

  • Detailed assessment: how to apply for a hearing (prior to April 2013) [Archived]
  • Who applies for the hearing?
  • How are the proceedings allocated?
  • Fees
  • What must be filled with the request
  • What the court will do on receiving the request?

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

Since the introduction of the Supreme Court the Supreme Court Costs Office is now known as the Senior Courts Costs Office. The accompanying guide has yet to be reissued and so is still known as the Supreme Court Costs Office Guide.

Who applies for the hearing?

It is the receiving party's responsibility to apply for the detailed assessment hearing.

The receiving party may do so by filing a request for a detailed assessment hearing once the points of dispute have been served.

The receiving party must file the request within 3 months of the expiry of the period for commencing detailed assessment proceedings (which will be specified in the table at r 47.7 or by the court).

How are the proceedings allocated?

The Request should be in Form N258 (general form).

For inter partes costs assessment (ie not legal aid assessment), the proceedings will be allocated as follows:

Value of bill Costs Judge/Costs officer dealing
Not exceeding £35,000 Authorised costs officer
More than £35,000—£110,000 Principal authorised costs officer