Guidance on costs management: Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd (2015)

Two of the most common issues to arise at costs management hearings are the extent to which the court can and should consider hourly rates, and whether contingencies are justified, necessary or useful. It is now commonplace for judges to refuse to consider the issue of hourly rates, often with the refrain: “This is not supposed to be a detailed assessment!” The approach to budgeted contingencies varies significantly between courts. Both issues fell to be considered in the High Court by Warby J in the case of Tim Yeo MP v Times Newspapers Limited (2015). Advocate Nick Thornsby looks at the guidance provided and how it relates to his own experience of costs management

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Steven Dawson

Director - Head of Costs Services

I am a partner and Head of the Costs Services team.