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A Costs Budgeting Horror Story - Tom Gibson, Outer Temple Chambers

24/12/13. Would a district judge strike out a costs budget because it contained the phrase “[Statement of truth]”, in square brackets, rather than the full statement of truth wording? Yes, in this particular case, so be warned! This case (anonymised here) was a quantum only low-value Multi-track road traffic case in a county court in Greater London. The first CMC was held in November, shortly before the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers [2013] EWCA Civ 1526. After deciding case management orders the district judge turned to consider the parties’ costs budgets...

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