I contacted the Senior Courts Costs Office to enquire whether they had received a request for assessment from the other side. (If not, application to swiftly follow.) They were unable to tell me because they have a backlog of claims such that any request for assessment received since April is probably not on the system yet, let alone having a date for provisional/detailed assessment.
The Practice Direction, perhaps optimistically, states:
“the court will use its best endeavours to undertake a provisional assessment within 6 weeks”
The SCCO is clearly currently struggling to even get the cases onto the system in that timescale.
Previously I was hearing those from the SCCO suggesting that the numbers of cases being brought before them for provisional assessment was much less than anticipated. This now seems to suggest that as parties are becoming familiar with the process, the numbers are increasing.