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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at any practitioner involved in litigation, particularly solicitors. It aims to provide a practical guide to the approach and procedure to take when a client challenges a solicitors’ costs. It also briefly looks at the procedure when a third party – typically a mortgagor or beneficiary challenges a costs bill. The podcast addresses the impact active cost management (as recommended by Lord Justice Jackson) will have on cost proceedings and how cost only proceedings can be properly managed.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the procedure for a client to challenge their solicitors’ costs;
  • Be aware of the grounds for challenge and the relevant time limits set down in statute;
  • Understand the basis of assessment and the relevant presumptions that apply as between a solicitor and their client;
  • Be aware of the significant changes Lord Justice Jackson’s review of costs is likely to have for assessment proceedings;
  • Understand some of the practical aspects of cost only proceedings and how they can be properly managed.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • CPR Rule 48.8;
  • CPR Rule 48.10;
  • CPR Rule 44.12A;
  • Solicitors Act 1974 ss 71, 70, 69.

This podcast with specialist cost barrister Martin Farber will look at a range of practical issues when seeking to challenge a cost bill. It will focus on solicitor v client cost disputes and how they can be managed, the impact of the Jackson Review for costs assessment and how to manage cost only proceedings once settlement of a dispute has been achieved.

Podcast added: 02/06/2011

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-02-27

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