Detailed assessment: points of dispute and reply (prior to April 2013) [Archived]
Detailed assessment: points of dispute and reply (prior to April 2013) [Archived]

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

  • Detailed assessment: points of dispute and reply (prior to April 2013) [Archived]
  • What are they?
  • Time limits
  • Consequence of not serving points of dispute
  • Form
  • Additional liability: further information
  • Reply
  • Varying points of dispute and reply
  • Next stage

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

What are they?

The points of dispute set out the paying party's objections to the items in the bill of costs.

They must be served on the receiving party and every other party to the detailed assessment proceedings whose name and address for service appear on the statement included in the bill of costs of any person on whom the receiving party intends to serve the notice of commencement.

Time limits

The period of time for serving points of dispute is 21 days after the service of the notice of commencement. See Detailed assessment: starting the process (prior to April 2013) [Archived].

The 21 day period is extended if the notice of commencement is served outside England and Wales.

Calculating the 21 day period

The period is calculated as if the notice was a claim form and the points of dispute a defence.

Changing the 21 day period

If the 21 day period is not appropriate then:

  1. the parties may agree to extend or shorten the 21 day period, or

  2. a party may apply to the appropriate office for an order to extend o