At Zenith we have been working hard to ensure that we can help you with the preparation of Precedent H. Our civil clerks Clive and Karen have produced a questionnaire designed to help with the preparation of counsel’s fees. Contact them if you require any information about counsel’s fees for this purpose.
A number of our counsel have become heavily involved in issues relating to costs and we will shortly be announcing the members of a specific costs practice group.
Here we provide links to guidance on costs budgeting and filling in Precedent H. Precedent H is available on Zenith’s Jackson Corner in Excel format.
POSTS AND GUIDANCE IN ZENITH’S JACKSON CORNER
- Link to the Senior Costs Office Guide
- Costs budgeting by Lee Coulthard of John Hayes
- The Precedent H Tables (also available in Excel on this link).
ONLINE GUIDANCE ON COSTS BUDGETING
There are many useful posts and articles in relation to costs budgeting and Precedent H.
- District Judge Besford & Ken Corness, Costs Lawyer: Cost budgeting in Practice
- Bidwell Henderson on How to Prepare a Precedent H Costs Budget
- Zenith Chamber’s have the guidance notes and an Excel version of Form H here
- Jannie Purdie writes on Costs Budgets- Precedent H and some thoughts on the difficulties of completing it.
- The Commercial Litigation Association has the text of a speech by Master Gordon-Saker on “The Litigation Journey” (Which has much to say about costs budgets)
- The article Lexis Nexis in Construction of a Costs Budget. This takes, very seriously, Jackson L.J’s observation that a costs budget should be conducted like construction. An experienced construction barrister sets out the differences and points to watch. (It is behind a registration wall but not a pay wall).
- Paragon Costs write on Costs Budgets, CCMCs and Consistency
- A NEAT Legal Services on Are Cost Budgets every approved as drawn?
- e a law ponder Precedent H: Unrealistic Figures
- Sue Nash on how Costs Budgeting Can Prove its Worth
- Pippa Manby on Costs Budgeting an Update
- Business Money on Law on a Budget
- Kennedys on Costs Budget is Irregular but not a Nullity
- Jon Lord on Getting a Handle on Costs Management
GUIDANCE SPECIFICALLY ON COMPLETING FORM H
- Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution have an invaluable Free Practice Note on Costs Budgeting. It also notes the changes coming into force on the 22nd April.
- The Association of Cost Lawyers White Paper on Costs Management
- Paul Hawkins has a guide to Multi Track Costs Budgeting
- Litigation Futures has a critique of the Guidance Notes to Precedent H in a recipe for confusion and uncertainty
Form H can be found at:
The Government’s Guidance Notes on Form H can be found at:
ARTICLES ON COMPLETING FORM H
There are a number of articles which explore how to fill out Form H
New Law Journal: Counting the pennies
New Law Journal: Precedent H Setting
DeNovo: Costs Budgeting- Precedent H: When Form- Filling Really Matters
Legal Support Network : Precedent H and Costs Budgeting – the basics
The Following Blogs look at Form H and provide tips on how to complete it.
Paul Hawkings Law Cost Drafting: Multi-Track Costs Budgeting
Kerry Underwood : Costs Management Orders and Costs Budgeting Including the New CPR
Johns Mackenzie : Precedent H- Legal Costs, Lawyers and an upward spiral
LexisNexis PSL Dispute Resolution: Costs Budgeting and Estimates
POSTS ON CIVIL LITIGATION BRIEF
There are several posts on Gordon Exall’s blog Civil Litigation Brief.
- One of the most popular posts on the blog is On-line guidance to filling in Form H
- Further updates were provided in Updated Links to filling in Form H and Costs Budgeting
- Guidance is given in Costs Management Hearings and Form H: a useful Schedule
- The blank “Scott Schedule” can be found at Costs Hearing and Form H a blank Schedule
- Checklists can be found in Costs and Costs Budgeting: essential checklists
- There are useful issues discussed in Case Management and Costs budgeting: Guidance from Birmingham Mercantile Court
- Finally it is always helpful to look at Guidance from the Bench on post Jackson litigation, this includes specific links to costs budgeting