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Post-Jackson: satellite litigation and turmoil ahead

Something beats nothing, so make reasonable assumptions, be generous and submit your budgets on time, says Seamus Smyth

14 April 2014

Ramsay J says it will take five years for the Jackson Reforms to settle in. But it may be longer as some Woolf reforms (e.g. Part 36) have only just settled in. With Precedent H budgets we will endure years of turmoil while the 'tensions' between judicial decisions are resolved before we can advise with confidence about preparation of budgets, relief from sanctions (if necessary) and detailed assessment. The next few years will not be easy.

Estimating total costs to trial even before the case management conference is very difficult. Litigation is unpredictable. Opponents make it more so. Yet we must predict not only the overall cost but the itemised cost in each of a dozen phases for each of a dozen operators.

If you agonise about the figures, predictions and assumptions, you're in good company. Just get on with it.

Doing it late, or not at all is just dumb - read CPR3.14 and Mitchell. Even if you think the lateness is trivial, or for good reason you cannot bank on relief from sanctions.

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