Summary Assessment Of Costs

Paperback | May 25, 2006

byKatharine ScottEditorJeremy Morgan QC

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Under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 a court must carry out a summary assessment of costs in any trial or hearing that lasts one day or less. Practitioners who prepare for and represent clients in such hearings can greatly improve their client's chances of reducing their liability for costs,or enhancing the level of costs they can recover, if they are well-versed in the relevant costs law and procedure. This is a practical and portable guide which contains everything practitioners and judges need to know in order to conduct a summary assessment of costs in the County Court, or the HighCourt or the Court of Appeal. Arranged in a logical and accessible way, which enables reference at a a glance, the book includes expert commentary and analysis on the most commonly arising issues, carefully selected appendices, and checklists aimed at the busy practitioner. The book is fully up-to-date to include the November2005 reforms to CFA regulations. Examples of areas covered are: when summary assessments are appropriate, what order the parties should be asking for, the impact of Part 36 offers and the conduct of the parties, issues arising from the funding of the claim, and pointers on how to prepare, attackand defend a costs schedule. In addition to key statutory material and extracts from the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, the appendices include SCCO guideline rates for solicitors' and barristers' fees, and relevant solicitors' costs materials.Written and edited by leading specialists in costs law, Summary Assessment of Costs will help those preparing for and appearing at summary assessments to keep one step ahead of the opposition.

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Under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 a court must carry out a summary assessment of costs in any trial or hearing that lasts one day or less. Practitioners who prepare for and represent clients in such hearings can greatly improve their client's chances of reducing their liability for costs,or enhancing the level of costs they can reco...

Katharine Scott is a barrister at 39 Essex Street, specialising in costs law. She advises and represents claimants and defendants on a variety of costs issues, including the drafting of CFA and costs sharing agreements, the enforceability of CFAs and CCFAs, the recoverability of success fees and insurance premiums, and detailed assess...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.56 inPublished:May 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199298211

ISBN - 13:9780199298211

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionA. The scope of this book2. Summary Assessment - An OverviewA. What is summary assessment?B. When is summary assessment appropriate?C. When is summary assessment inappropriate?3. Preparation for Summary AssessmentA. The N260B. Example of an N260C. VAT4. The Order for CostsA. Who is the winner?B. Partial costs orderC. ConductD. Standard or indemnity costsE. OffersF. More than one defendantG. Wasted costsH. Costs against non-parties5. The Summary Assessment HearingA. Procedure for the hearingB. Pointers for the paying partyC. Preliminary IssuesD. Attacking and defending the detail of the statement of costs6. FundingA. Conditional fee agreementsB. Collective conditional fee agreementsC. UpliftsD. After the event insurance premiums7. Payment8. Appeals against Summary Assessments9. Preparation ChecklistsChecklist 1 The statement of costsChecklist 2 Preparing for the summary assessmentChecklist 3 The hearingAppendicesA. Statutes (Extracts)B. Statutory Instruments (Extracts)C. Solicitors Costs MaterialsD. Extracts from the CPRE. Extracts from Practice Directions to the CPRF. Guideline Hourly Rates