No Excuses: Relief from sanctions refused following late filing of a costs budget

late filing of a costs budget

In another case involving the late filing of a costs budget the High Court refused the defendant relief from the sanction of CPR 3.14, thus deeming them to have filed a budget comprising applicable court fees only. The defendant had filed their budget two weeks after the deadline and did not apply for relief from sanctions until the morning of the costs and case management conference. The Hon. Mr Justice Bryan found that the breach was both serious and significant, there was no good reason for it and the application for relief had not been made promptly.

BMCE BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC v PHOENIX COMMODITIES PVT LTD & ANOR [2018] EWHC 3380 (COMM)