Summary Assessment (Form N260)
The court should consider whether to make a summary assessment of costs in all cases when making an order for costs which does not provide only for fixed costs. In the post-Jackson era it seems likely that the court will, in general, be less willing than before to find a ‘good reason’ not to make a summary assessment at the conclusion of a fast track trial or any other hearing lasting a day or less.
We certainly do see evidence of a greater willingness to make a summary assessment, and of sometimes very substantial claims for costs. And yet we routinely see statements of costs that are inadequate. Common problems include a failure to follow, without reasonable excuse, the correct Form N260 format, and (especially) a failure to complete the schedule of attendances on documents.
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