Free Publicity Materials
17 May 2006
Law Society Publishing
Paperback + CD-ROM
234 x 156 mm
Civil Costs Assessment Handbook
Do you want to expedite and maximise the recovery of costs? This essential work offers indispensable guidance to claimant litigators on the process of civil costs assessment, including valuable advice on how to use the Civil Procedure Rules and the Costs Practice Direction to full advantage.
Written by an experienced costs draftsman, it explains in detail the procedure and documentation required, offering a step-by-step guide through each stage in a typical costs recovery matter. This useful handbook:
- outlines the procedural timetable and critical dates
- suggests ways of maintaining momentum while negotiating effectively
- details when and how to obtain default, interim and final costs certificates
- offers guidance on preparing for and attending detailed assessment hearings
- explains where to find and how to use all the necessary rules and forms.
The accompanying free CD-ROM contains over 100 files that are cross-referenced to the text to enable quick and easy access to:
- all the relevant rules, forms and official guidance
- customisable precedent letters to the client, the court and the opposing side
- specimen replies to typical points of disputes
- worksheets to simplify and speed up the necessary calculations.
"Peter's step by step guide to costs recovery deals in a brilliantly straightforward way with everything that happens between receiving the bill of costs and getting the final costs certificate. It is a favourite in our office..."
Costs Recovery News
"This book is a useful tool in the armoury of the modern fee-earner or costs draftsman."
Legal Aid Review (of the first edition)
Part I - Understanding the costs rules about assessment and knowing where to find them;
Part II - Procedure for detailed assessment of a bill claiming costs between the parties (with or without CLS Fund claim);
Part III - Procedure for detailed assessment of bill claiming costs only against CLS Fund ('LSC only' detailed assessment);
Part IV - Summary assessment;
Part V - Fixed and predictable costs;
Part VI - Procedures for assessment of costs payable to or by particular types of party;
Part VII - 'Costs only' proceedings;
Part VIII - Procedure for assessment of costs in family proceedings;
Appendix I - Specimen worksheets;
Appendix II - Costs Precedents;
Appendix III - Prescribed forms.
About the Author
Peter Burdge was a solicitor in private practice before becoming a costs draftsman, consultant and trainer.