When the Jackson Reforms were introduced, largely on the 1st April 2013, they mainly impacted the costs of civil litigation. One of the main purposes of the Jackson Reforms was to promote access to justice at a proportionate cost. In order to effectively manage the costs of any particular case, parties must prepare and exchange litigation budgets and as the case proceeds, amended budgets. The Court will state to what extent the budgets are approved and at the end of the litigation, the recoverable costs of the winning party are assessed in accordance with the approved budget. In the well publicised case of Mitchell -v- News Group Newspapers Limited which involved the “plebgate” affair, the solicitors responsible for filing the costs budget failed to do so in the allotted time.
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