ON-LINE GUIDANCE ON COSTS BUDGETING AND FILLING OUT FORM H: UPDATED

 Form H (Precedent H) is now a central part of the litigation process.  It was the delay in lodging the Form H that led to sanctions being imposed in the Mitchell case.  Many people are facing completion of the form for the first time and are experiencing difficulties. I have set out links to many useful sources of help and information available on this topic.

(Incidentally the Advice I give to many solicitors who face filling in Form H is don’t. The task is far more than giving a broad estimate of costs.  You are unlikely to be allowed to exceed the budget; you cannot compensate with under-estimates on one part of the budget by taking from another part.  The defendants in Mitchell sent their budget off to independent specialists; the claimant did not and their solicitors are now litigating with no real hope of recovering costs. )

NEW LINKS OCTOBER 30TH 2014

OFFICIAL GUIDANCE

Form H can be found at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/pdf/update/precedent-h.pdf

The Government’s Guidance Notes on Form H can be found at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/pdf/update/new-precedent-h-guidance.pdf

ARTICLES

There are a number of articles which explore how to fill out Form H

 New Law Journal: Counting the pennies

http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/counting-pennies-0

New Law Journal: Precedent H Setting

http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/precedent-h-setting

DeNovo: Costs Budgeting- Precedent H: When Form- Filling Really Matters

http://www.denovolaw.co.uk/news/costs-budgeting-precedent-h-when-form-filling-really-matters

Legal Support Network : Precedent H and Costs Budgeting – the basics

http://www.legalsupportnetwork.co.uk/risk-compliance/resources/precedent-h-and-costs-budgeting-basics

BLOGS

The Following Blogs look at Form H and provide tips on how to fill it out

Paul Hawkings Law Cost Drafting: Multi-Track Costs Budgeting

http://www.hawkinslawcost.co.uk/dl/Budgeting%20Guidance%20Note.pdf

Kerry Underwood : Costs Management Orders and Costs Budgeting Including the New CPR

http://kerryunderwood.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/costs-management-orders-and-costs-budgeting/

Johns Mackenzie : Precedent H- Legal Costs, Lawyers and an upward spiral

http://johnsmackenzie.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/precedent-h-legal-costs-lawyers-and-an-upward-spiral/

Other resources

LexisNexis PSL Dispute Resolution: Costs Budgeting and Estimates

https://www.lexisnexis.com/uk/lexispsl/disputeresolution/synopsis/93086:93089/Costs/Costs-budgeting-and-estimates

and

http://lexisweb.co.uk/blog/dr/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/precedent_h_checklist.pdf

(I will be pleased to add other articles, blog posts or resources to this post if anyone gets in touch with details).

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