Retail e-briefing: Jackson budget report

The Jackson reforms, which came into force in April, have brought with them a number of measures designed to control the costs of litigation — one of the main planks of which is the requirement of each party to file budgets with the court at least seven days before the first Case Management Conference (CMC) and to meet with opponents to discuss budgets and assumptions, and indeed other issues such as directions and disclosure choices.

Andrew Mitchell MP may be better known for his Downing Street antics with a policeman, but his name has now become synonymous with the Jackson reforms.

In a case running under the Pre-Jackson Libel Pilot, the same budget requirements that now apply to all litigation matters, Mitchell’s solicitor, Atkins Thomson, has had its budget set at court fees only having unsuccessfully applied for relief from sanctions imposed for (1) failing to engage with the defendant in relation to budgets and budget assumptions and (2) failing to submit its costs budget at least seven days before the CMC…

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