Own client costs information [Archived]

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

  • Own client costs information [Archived]
  • Codes of conduct and pilot schemes
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements
  • Own client estimates
  • What happens if the estimate is inaccurate?
  • Can I charge for the cost of preparing the estimate?
  • Can my client recover the costs of the estimate?

Own client costs information [Archived]

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

Codes of conduct and pilot schemes

This Practice Note covers costs information which must be provided to the client. Various solicitors' codes of conduct which have been in place since 1999 to deal with this but this Practice Note covers the position from 6 October 2011 to 31 March 2013. For the applicable provisions pre-dating this see Practice Note: Costs information obligations prior to the 2011 Solicitors Code of Conduct [Archive].

The requirements should also be considered in conjunction the requirement to provide costs estimates which must be filed at court and served on the parties (and on the client), under old practice direction 44, para 6. For information on this see Practice Note: Costs estimates [Archived].

You should also be aware that there is a costs management pilot scheme running in the Mercantile and TCC courts in which parties have to provide a costs budget at the first CMC. Clearly, as part of this process, you will be required to discuss costs with your client. For more information on the pilot scheme see Practice Note: Costs Management in Mercantile and TCC courts—pilot scheme.

Both costs information and estimates are very likely to be taken into account on detailed assessment both at

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