Summary assessment—statement of costs
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
  • Duty to the court
  • What is a statement of costs?
  • Statement of costs—court forms
  • Completing the statement of costs for summary assessment
  • Certifying the statement of costs for summary assessment
  • Disproportionate or unreasonable costs
  • Hourly rates in summary assessment proceedings
  • Claiming VAT in summary assessment
  • Costs of producing the statement of costs
  • More...

Summary assessment is the procedure whereby costs are assessed by the judge who has heard the case or application (see Practice Note: Summary assessment). This Practice Note sets out how to complete a statement of costs using court Form N260 or in such form that closely follows Form N260. It considers whether the costs associated with producing the statement are recoverable; there is no definitive position. Also covered are filing and service together with the relevant deadlines and what happens if these are missed. Non-compliance is also addressed (CPR PD 44, para 9.6).

Duty to the court

Where the general rule applies in relation to summary assessment (CPR PD 44, para 9.2), the parties and legal representatives have a duty to assist the judge in making a summary assessment of costs (CPR PD 44, para 9.5(1)). Parties therefore need to be proactive in ensuring that the court has all the information it requires to be able to make the summary assessment.

What is a statement of costs?

A party wishing to claim costs must prepare a written statement setting out their costs (CPR PD 44, para 9.5(2)). This is known as a 'statement of costs'. It is used by a party to set out all the costs it is seeking to be summarily assessed. This may be all costs incurred in making an application or, if the court

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