Jackson reforms three months on [Archived]
Jackson reforms three months on [Archived]

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

  • Jackson reforms three months on [Archived]
  • Costs budgeting
  • Exemptions—will they remain in place?
  • Are court fees excluded from the costs budget?
  • Does costs budgeting apply to clinical negligence claims?
  • Costs budgeting—what guidance has been provided?
  • Wasting costs
  • Funding
  • Case management
  • Disclosure
  • More...

Jackson reforms three months on [Archived]

ARCHIVED: this archived Practice Note is not maintained and is for background information purposes only. Further, some of the links may not direct you to the provisions as at the date the guidance in this Practice Note was published.

Costs budgeting

This is a cornerstone of the reforms in seeking to get a control on the costs being expended during litigation and to ensure that they are reasonable and proportionate. So what has happened in the past three months to assist practitioners in understanding how this will all work in practice?

Exemptions—will they remain in place?

The first thing to note is that the court specific exemptions have been under fire since before the reforms even came into force.

A sub-committee of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has now been set up to consult on whether the costs budgeting exemptions should remain in place. The sub-committee, following a preliminary meeting, agreed there was a need to consult on this issue and a report is due to be made to the full CPR Committee in October 2013. Whilst many have advocated the removal of the exemptions there is a need for the consultation to take into account the use of the English court system by overseas companies/organisations and the effect any potential change would have on this, especially given the large contribution the legal

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