Interim payments—procedure and effect on final judgment
Interim payments—procedure and effect on final judgment

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

  • Interim payments—procedure and effect on final judgment
  • When can I apply for an interim payment?
  • How do I make the application?
  • What information does the application need to contain?
  • Timetable for the application
  • Voluntary interim payments
  • Relationship between interim payments and summary judgment
  • After an interim payment has been made
  • Adjustments to the interim payment
  • Interim payments and the final judgment
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For further information, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

This Practice Note explains the procedure for applying for an order for an interim payment under CPR 25.7(1). It also sets out what happens after an interim payment order has been made, including variations to the order itself and the effect on any final determination of the claim.

For details on the circumstances in which the court will make an order for an interim payment, see Practice Note: Interim payments—guiding principles.

For cases illustrating the application of the principles set out below, see Practice Note: Interim payments—key and illustrative decisions.

When can I apply for an interim payment?

A claimant can only apply for an interim payment order once the period for filing an acknowledgement of service has expired in respect of the defendant against whom the application is made (CPR 25.6(1)).

For guidance on the time for filing an acknowledgement of service, see Practice Note: Acknowledgment of service.

A claimant can make more than one application for an interim payment (CPR 25.6(2)). However, ‘[a] litigant should not make repeated applications for financial relief under CPR 3.1 or under CPR 25.7

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