At What Other Times Are Costs Updated?
There are certain times when solicitors are obliged to provide costs information and to send a copy to the client. These are usually when required to do so by the Court.
For all hearings likely to take a day or less there is a requirement to file a statement of costs with the Court at least 2 days before the hearing (24 hours for shorter hearings). The statement may cover the whole case or just the costs of the hearing, depending what the hearing is about. When filing the statement, a copy must be sent to the other side and the client. If you fail to file or serve the statement, the Court may not be able to assess the costs at the hearing, in which case a further hearing is usually necessary and the party in error usually has to pay for this.