Tracker—costs management and costs budgeting review and future changes
Tracker—costs management and costs budgeting review and future changes

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

  • Tracker—costs management and costs budgeting review and future changes
  • Changes to the costs rules (6 April 2021)
  • Significant changes to costs budget rules (1 October 2020)
  • Key changes
  • Where can I find the documents that set out the changes made?
  • Background to the changes
  • Revisions to guidance for Precedent H (1 October 2019)
  • Background to guidance update
  • Amendments to CPR PD 3E, para 7.4 (1 October 2019)
  • Amendments to Precedent R—costs budgeting discussion report (25 April 2019)
  • More...

Tracker—costs management and costs budgeting review and future changes

This Practice Note provides information on the changes to costs management and costs budgeting provisions within the CPR and practice directions. These include, changes to precedent H itself as well as the Precedent H guidance and the introduction of budget discussion reports. It also covers those areas which although considered for change have remained the same.

Changes to the costs rules (6 April 2021)

CPR 3.17(3)—had been using out of date wording and was amended as follows:

‘(3) Subject to rule 3.15A, the court (a) may not approve costs incurred up to and including before the date of any costs management hearing; but (b) may record its comments on those costs and take those costs into account when considering the reasonableness and proportionality of all budgeted costs’

The wording in italics is the additional wording added when the amendments to the rule came into force on 6 April 2021 (Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021, SI 2021/117, reg 5).

Minor amendments were also made to CPR PD 3E, paras 4(b) and 10(a) as well as the disclosure section of the table in section D as set out in the 127th practice direction—practice direction amendments:

The changes were identified as being required by the CPR Committee in its 6 November 2020 meeting. The minutes can be accessed in News Analysis: Minutes of the CPR Committee

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