Replies to Points of Dispute

replies to points of disputeDespite being optional, Replies to Points of Dispute can be extremely useful in narrowing the issues in costs proceedings and often play a significant role in facilitating settlement without recourse to an assessment hearing.

For cases where the costs claimed do not exceed £75,000, the matter will usually be subject to Provisional Assessment and there will be no opportunity to make oral submissions to the Court. The only opportunity for receiving parties to put forward submissions on the disputes raised by a paying party is within the Replies to Points of Dispute. It is therefore strongly advised that Replies are prepared and served on the paying party in advance of any proposed assessment hearing in order to provide justification for the costs being sought in the bill.

The Civil Procedure Rules provide that Replies served by the receiving party under Rule 47.13 must be limited to points of principle and concessions only. They must not contain general denials, specific denials or standard form responses.

It is important for you to be able to rely on an experienced legal costs practitioner to prepare compliant replies that will maximise your chances of recovery in the event that the matter proceeds to an assessment hearing. Non-compliant replies are open to criticism from the judiciary and often lead to adverse consequences when it comes to costs recovery.

Bespoke Replies to Points of Dispute

Our team of experienced costs lawyers and draftsmen can prepare comprehensive, concise and most importantly, compliant Replies to Points of Dispute relying on both recent and established authorities to rebut the objections raised by a paying party. In addition to the Replies, you will receive advice on any tactical issues (such as Part 36 or Calderbank offers to make) as well as realistic parameters for settlement.

All initial enquiries are completely free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call us. We will provide you with a price quotation and a choice of funding methods so get in touch today to speak to one of our legal costs experts.

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Siraj Khan

Partner and Costs Lawyer
Legal Costs

Siraj is an experienced and versatile legal costs expert and is well versed in preparing Replies to Points of Dispute. He has a particular interest in high value industrial disease, clinical negligence and commercial litigation matters.

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