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If the intention of cost budgeting is to bring down the cost of litigation, it is doomed to fail, says Richard Barr

7 July 2014

Before (2012):

I issued proceedings in a sad case of a young lady who had become paraplegic when a tumour on her spine had not been diagnosed. It was a multi-track case and, once the defence was filed, the court issued a brief order dealing with various preliminary issues and fixing a case management conference (CMC) which took place just over three months later. Thereafter, the case galloped along at a slick pace and was satisfactorily settled months ago.

After (2014):

I issued proceedings in an equally sad case of a man who became paraplegic after surgery. Again, it was a multi-track case. Again, the court issued a preliminary order, this time giving no substantive directions to progress the ca...

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