MORE MITCHELL MAYHEM: USE OF SQUARE BRACKETS LEADS TO COSTS BUDGET BEING DISALLOWED

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A  report by Tom Gibson in PI Brief Update makes worrying reading. The headline reads

Would a district judge strike out a costs budget because it contained the phrase “[Statement of truth]”, in square brackets, rather than the full statement of truth wording? Yes, in this particular case, so be warned!”

The report can be found at PI Brief update. The full report is behind a paywall. However the summary itself gives cause for concern.

See the report at http://www.pibriefblog.com/2013/12/24/a-costs-budgeting-horror-story-tom-gibson-outer-temple-chambers/

ADDENDUM

1. Following the initial posting I have had a message on twitter from Andrew McKie of clerksroom who states

“colleague of mine had one last week costs budget disallowed as wrong statement if truth on it”.

2. See also the comment on this section which points out that the Ministry of Justice precedent itself omitted the statement of truth.