A TCC judge has warned the parties in a £170k dispute over damage to seek "sensible and imaginative solutions" to substantially reduce their combined budgets of around £800k.
The High Court rejected a bid to limit a winning party’s costs to a previously approved budget on grounds that this had been due to an oversight by both the parties and the court.
HHJ Coulson declined to approve "disproportionate and unreasonable" budgets on both sides in a £1.6m professional negligence claim.
The court decline to deprive a party of costs where the failure to file a budget had been the result of a genuine jurisdictional dispute as to track.
The High Court deprived a party of its costs entitlement beyond court fees in the event of success for failure to comply with PD 51D para. 4.2.
HHJ Simon Brown QC, the pioneer of costs budgeting, has given instant reward for keeping within a court approved budget, with a summary assessment of costs in the sum of £351,000 payable within 14 days.
The High Court rejected a bid by a successful defendant to nearly double its approved costs budget of almost £270k after trial.
The defendant appealed against a judge's costs management decision.
The High Court has handed down a decision concerning the revision of costs budgets under the management pilot in the Technology and Construction Court.
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important and eagerly awaited decision on the potential liability of solicitors for non-party costs orders.
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