Summary assessment—statement of costs

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

  • Summary assessment—statement of costs
  • What is a statement of costs?
  • Statement of costs—Form N260
  • Completing the statement of costs for summary assessment
  • Editable header
  • Description of the fee earners
  • Attendances
  • Costs other than those of the solicitor
  • VAT
  • Certifying the statement of costs for summary assessment
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Summary assessment—statement of costs

This Practice Note considers the statement of costs, which is required in summary assessment. The statement of costs is set out in Form N260. This Practice Note sets what a statement of costs is and how to complete one. It covers the additional issues of whether the costs associated with producing the statement are recoverable, the filing and service of the document together with the relevant deadlines and what happens if these are missed.

For proceedings in which the parties are subject to the statement of costs for summary assessment pilot scheme, the guidance in this Practice Note does not apply. The pilot scheme uses different court forms being Form N260A for a statement of costs for the costs of an interim application and Form N260B for trials. For guidance, see Practice Note: Summary assessment bill of costs—pilot scheme.

For guidance on other aspects of summary assessment, see Practice Notes:

  1. Summary assessment—principles

  2. Summary assessment—the application

What is a statement of costs?

A party wishing to claim costs on summary assessment must prepare a written statement setting out their costs (CPR PD 44, para 9.5(2)). This is known as a 'statement of costs'. The statement will contain either the costs incurred in making an application or, if the court is dealing with a fast track case, the costs of the entire claim.

The form and contents of

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