A rule update streamlines the process of revising and varying a costs budget, as Adam Grant explains
Revision of budgets during the course of litigation is never easy, particularly given the ambiguities around such terms as ‘significant development’ or ‘good reason’; and the court’s powers to make rulings on costs for work already incurred.
The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) Committee has attempted to address some of these issues by introducing a new ‘precedent T’ as part of its 122nd update to the CPR, which came into force in October.
The procedure for revising a budget during the course of litigation is set out in CPR r3.15A.
This mandates the parties to use precedent T to serve particulars of the variations proposed on every other party.