FIXED COSTS: LONDON WEIGHTING (AN EXTRA 12.5%): BUT – WHERE IS LONDON?

The fixed costs provisions provide a “London Weighting” of an additional 12.5%. “London” has a specific meaning as defined in the Practice Direction set out below.

 

CPR 45.3

Additional costs for work in specified areas (‘London weighting’)

45.3.—(1) Where fixed costs are payable under Section IV, Section VI, Section VII or
Section VIII of this Part and the receiving party—
(a) lives, works or carries on business in any area set out in Section II of Practice
Direction 45; and
(b) instructs a legal representative with conduct of the litigation who practises in any
of those areas,
the fixed costs shall include, in addition to the costs allowable in the relevant Section, an
amount equal to 12.5% of those fixed costs (‘London weighting’).
(2) In this rule ‘fixed costs’ excludes any disbursements.

WHERE IS LONDON? THE PRACTICE DIRECTION

“The areas referred to in rule 45.3(1) are (within London) the areas served by the County Court hearing centres at Barnet, Brentford, Central London, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, Edmonton, Ilford, Mayors and City of London, Romford, Wandsworth and Willesden and (outside London) the County Court hearing centres at Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge.”