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Summary Assessment of Costs


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1. Introduction ; A. The scope of this book ; 2. Summary Assessment - An Overview ; A. What is summary assessment? ; B. When is summary assessment appropriate? ; C. When is summary assessment inappropriate? ; 3. Preparation for Summary Assessment ; A. The N260 ; B. Example of an N260 ; C. VAT ; 4. The Order for Costs ; A. Who is the winner? ; B. Partial costs order ; C. Conduct ; D. Standard or indemnity costs ; E. Offers ; F. More than one defendant ; G. Wasted costs ; H. Costs against non-parties ; 5. The Summary Assessment Hearing ; A. Procedure for the hearing ; B. Pointers for the paying party ; C. Preliminary Issues ; D. Attacking and defending the detail of the statement of costs ; 6. Funding ; A. Conditional fee agreements ; B. Collective conditional fee agreements ; C. Uplifts ; D. After the event insurance premiums ; 7. Payment ; 8. Appeals against Summary Assessments ; 9. Preparation Checklists ; Checklist 1 The statement of costs ; Checklist 2 Preparing for the summary assessment ; Checklist 3 The hearing ; APPENDICES ; A. Statutes (Extracts) ; B. Statutory Instruments (Extracts) ; C. Solicitors Costs Materials ; D. Extracts from the CPR ; E. Extracts from Practice Directions to the CPR ; F. Guideline Hourly Rates

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Katharine Scott is a barrister at 39 Essex Street, specialising in costs law. She advises and represents claimants and defendants on a variety of costs issues, including the drafting of CFA and costs sharing agreements, the enforceability of CFAs and CCFAs, the recoverability of success fees and insurance premiums, and detailed assessments. She is instructed by the Legal Services Commission on various issues, and by applicant solicitors in their disputes with the Legal Services Commission. She also practices in the fields of professional negligence and public law including mental health and community care.

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