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A further examination of ‘good reason to depart’ from an approved costs budget at detailed assessment

Master Rowley becomes the latest costs judge to tackle the meaning of ‘good reason to depart’ from an approved costs budget on , specifically in relation to hourly rates and valuation of claim.

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Costs budgeting trumps detailed assessment… to an extent

Carr J: “On a on a standard basis, the costs judge is bound by the agreed or approved cost budget, unless there is a good reason to depart from it.”

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Fixed Costs v The Standard Basis

A Costs Officer conducting a on a standard basis was not precluded from considering whether the claimants’ costs should be limited to those recoverable under stages 1 and 2 of the Pre-Action RTA Protocol where there was a consent order in which the defendant agreed to pay the claimants reasonable costs.