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
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.