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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at those interested in the mechanics and principles that underpin a detailed assessment of costs in civil litigation. It addresses some of the key concepts such as proportionality and reasonableness of cost items from the perspective of a specialist costs lawyer. It also addresses some of the practical aspects of a detail assessment including points of dispute, hearings, interim orders and interest.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what is meant by reasonableness and proportionality when it comes to costs;
  • Be aware of the relationship between the value of the claim and the level of costs;
  • Understand the Jackson proposals on proportionality and the possible impact of his reforms;
  • Understand how assessments of hourly rates are achieved;
  • Be aware of the importance of being able to reach agreement on costs;
  • Be aware of the tactical issues in detailed assessments Understand the steps involved in drawing up a bill of costs;
  • Be aware of some of the principle rebuttal arguments in responding to points of dispute;
  • Know what’s involved in drawing up points of dispute;
  • Know how a detailed assessment will play out;
  • Understand the desirability or otherwise of using of costs counsel;
  • Know how to obtain an interim orders for costs;
  • Understand the scope for knocking items of costs off the final bill;
  • Understand the importance or otherwise of venue for costs only proceedings;
  • Be aware of some developments concerning interest on costs.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
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Sources and References:
  • Home Office v Lownds [2002] EWCA Civ 365;
  • Gray v Toner (11 November 2010, Liverpool County Court) unreported;
  • CPR 23, 36, 47.18.

This podcast with specialist costs lawyer Andrew Thomas is about detailed assessment for costs in civil litigation and looks at a number of practical and procedural issues including proportionality, Jackson and preparing for a hearing.

Podcast added: 09/02/12

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