QB Master wrong to approve specific number of hours in a costs budget subject to hourly rates

hourly rates

Mr Justice Jacobs held that a Master was wrong to approve specific hours in a costs budget, subject to later argument on hourly rates, rather than overall figures for each phase, finding that “[this had] the effect of removing the flexibility of the party in deciding how to spend the budget in the light of the way the case develop[ed]”

YIRENKI v MINISTRY OF JUSTICE [2018] EWHC 3102 (QB)