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Rani Mina and Tom Duncan investigate a new costs management pilot scheme that is set to be rolled out in the autumn

6 June 2011

Lord Justice Jackson’s goal of controlling costs in civil litigation has inched another step closer with the Civil Procedure Rules Committee’s decision to roll out its costs management pilot scheme.

Currently running in the Birmingham Mercantile Court, the pilot has been deemed a success by the committee, which wants to see it extended to all technology and construction courts from 1 October. This pilot is likely to be rolled out more generally in due course.

So, it’s probably time to get up to speed with what new techniques this pilot is testing. The associated practice direction (PD51F) states:

1. The parties are to exchange and submit their detailed budgets to the court before the first case management conference. This should follow a standard template, which is attached to the practice direction and includes a costs estimate for each of the specified activities to be undertaken; for example, pleadings, disclosure, witness statements, ...

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