The Law Gazette has reported results from interviews that have been conducted from 117 lawyers on their views about cost budgeting.

These results are not at all surprising; the whole process has leant itself to costs being incurred to argue and/or recover costs.

On a practical level it is virtually impossible to predict at the outset of a case what the likely expenditure will be. Anyone who has been involved in litigation knows that the direction of a case can change dramatically from one moment to the next. 

Also, it is a relatively new concept, despite it being brought in back in 2013. Progress to address the issues and problems faced is being made but it is slow. 

It will be interesting to see where we will be in another 3 years time.