Costs Webinar – what is in a costs estimate?


Date: 28th July 2020

Time: 3:00pm (1 hour)

Venue: comfort of your own home

Cost: Free

The recent decision of Newman v Gordon Dadds LLP [2020] EWHC B23 (Costs) is a salutary reminder to firms of the importance of an estimate and the risks imposed when that estimate is not updated in line with professional and contractual duties. But the decision also clearly shows to the disaffected client that the failure to provide an accurate estimate (or updated estimates) will not in and of itself provide the limit which it will be reasonable for the client to pay.
The question of estimates has been well traversed by the courts, and this does not appear to reduce the frequency with which the issue is contested between solicitors and their clients.
The Newman decision follows in the line of authorities such as Garbutt v Edwards [2005] EWCA Civ 1206 and  Mastercigars Direct Ltd v Withers LLP [2009] EWCA Civ 1526. The courts have always remained clear that the ultimate aim is to identify the sum that it is reasonable to expect the client to pay, but that is an easier proposition to state than to identify in the absence of an estimate? Where does Newman leave the law, and how should an estimate be taken into account in the final decision?
These questions will be addressed in this Webinar by James Wibberley and John Churchill of the specialist costs team at Guildhall Chambers.Please complete the booking form below should you wish to register for your free place.You will receive an acknowlegement of receipt. Joining instructions will be sent out separately prior to the webinar.

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