The budget can be used in certain instances to assist with the litigation. A request for a split trial is one of those instances. The fundamental argument surrounding whether there should be a split trial is predominantly the additional costs associated with this extra trial.
Whether you are requesting the split trial or opposing it, the budget can help.
How can the budget assist with any submissions in support of the application? The budget can demonstrate that the costs remain proportionate and reasonable and those costs are not excessive, despite the additional costs that will be incurred.
How can the budget assist with any submissions in opposition to the application? The budget may be able to highlight that the additional costs will result in the costs being wholly disproportionate and unreasonable.
The budget can be a useful tool for litigators.
Sue Fox is the Head of Costs Budgeting in the Costs and Litigation Funding department at Clarion Solicitors. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and 0113 336 3389, or the Clarion Costs Team on 0113 246 0622.