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Cost Budgeting: Creating a Plan for the Case - Bill Braithwaite QC, Head of Exchange Chambers

23/04/13. Going back to the cost budgeting issue, I suspect that lawyers will now have to create a plan for the case. For many years, I have been urging claimants to predict a plan for life, which involves them in looking into the future and making all sorts of major decisions as to how they hope that their lives will develop. It can seem a daunting task, but it is achievable.

We should be able to do the same. My Chambers are preparing a comprehensive review of the catastrophic injury claims our four claimant silks have conducted over the last few years, identifying how our input was required. That will help us to predict what involvement we would expect in any particular case.

It would be a short step, although a time-consuming one (who pays?), to prepare a plan for the entire claim, from the date of the accident to the final trial.

Of course, that does tend to ignore that all claimants are different, with different problems and different solutions. As always, though, when costs are cut, individuals tend to be the ones to suffer.

Bill Braithwaite QC
Head of Exchamge Chambers
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