Detailed assessment—interim and final costs certificates
Detailed assessment—interim and final costs certificates

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

  • Detailed assessment—interim and final costs certificates
  • What is an interim costs certificate?
  • Application for an interim costs certificate
  • Filing and listing an application for an interim costs certificate
  • Payment
  • When an interim costs certificate is appropriate
  • Interim costs certificates—the court’s approach
  • Enforcement of an interim costs certificate
  • The final costs certificate
  • What the final costs certificate must include
  • More...

What is an interim costs certificate?

An interim certificate is a certificate ordered by the court at any time after the receiving party has filed a request for a detailed assessment hearing.

The model form for which is Form N257 (CPR PD 47, para 16.10).

The interim certificate will include an order to pay the costs to which it relates, unless the court orders otherwise.

Note: the court has complete discretion to issue an interim certificate for an appropriate sum. There is no requirement that any of the costs be assessed or agreed first.

Application for an interim costs certificate

An application for an interim costs certificate should be made in accordance with CPR 23 (CPR PD 47, para 15). For information on making applications generally, see: Making an application and service—overview.

Filing and listing an application for an interim costs certificate

The application must be made to the appropriate offices. See Practice Note: Detailed assessment—starting the process—The appropriate office for applications and requests.

It is unclear as to whether the application should be with or without notice but it is likely that it can be dealt with on paper.

You will need to file:

  1. Form N244

  2. evidence to support the application. This should be contained either in the application notice or in a witness statement. It is suggested that the applicant should be realistic about the level of costs to seek, and

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