The previous post  reported on how summary assessment was conducted in a High Court case. This  led me to look at the guidance that is available in relation to preparing a bill for summary assessment and also for hearing of  the summary assessment itself.  The assessment is normally done immediately after a trial or hearing. Unsurprisingly most of the  preparation goes into the substantive application. What guidance is available to help advocates (for both sides) prepare and oppose bills upon assessment?  

It will help to look at the observations of P.J. Kirby QC which I have taken from the comments section of this blog and put below  the links.


Many of these posts/article go back a number of years.  However this does not stop the points being made being valid.

I am certain that there are many other guides out there which I have missed. If anyone lets me know I will include a link.


The issue of VAT on costs often raises its head on summary assessments.  Assistance is provided by the costs Team at Kings Chambers in Costs Law Brief


PJ Kirby Q.C. has put a comment below. To avoid it being missed I include it here.

Having given a number of seminars about maximising the recovery of costs on summary assessment my number 1 tip would be same as DJ Lethem – make sure that counsel or any other advocate is properly briefed in relation to costs. What is the point of winning if your client still ends up considerably out of pocket because all your efforts were put into making sure that counsel was sufficiently briefed in relation to the substance of the application and only an afterthought was given to the question of how the costs are justifiable.”