Costs budgeting in personal injury claims
1st October 2016
Justin discusses the inherent difficulties of costs budgeting and the on-going amendments being made to the scheme to try to make it work better.
Costs budgeting was intended to bring both the procedural steps to be taken and the costs to be incurred in complex cases under the management of the Court. However, litigation is uncertain, unforeseen costs will and do arise and judges have shown little inclination to manage the steps to be taken, merely the costs. How is a solicitor to cope with these contradictions and what is the best approach to take in relation to revising a budget?