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I have just received a hearing date for a detailed assessment hearing in the Senior Courts Costs Office for a bill of costs of under £20,000. The hearing is listed for 25 February 2014.
For provisional assessment, PD 47 paragraph 14.4(1) states:
“On receipt of the request for detailed assessment and the supporting papers, the court will use its best endeavours to undertake a provisional assessment within 6 weeks.”
It is not clear how realistic this timescale will be in the SCCO (or any other court) but I wonder whether detailed assessment hearings are being listed in the distant future in an attempt to meet the 6 week timescale for provisional assessment.
That raises the interesting possibility that one might get a faster decision on a £70,000 bill requesting provisional in early January 2014 that requesting a detailed assessment now on a sub-£20,000 bill.