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Costs of legal action

This content applies to England & Wales

The costs of going to court and the financing choices that are available to people faced with a housing court case, usually in the county court.

It looks at the costs implications of acting in person, seeking advice or appointing a legal representative, as well as support that may be obtained in the form of public funding. This section also covers the level of costs and types of costs orders, as well as the costs assessment procedure and ways of challenging bills of costs.

Court and tribunal costs

Definition of costs, how the court decides which party to a legal dispute should pay the costs, and how much a court case is likely to cost. 

Payment of court costs

Choices available to a client who is faced with the bill for the court's costs. 

Payment of solicitor fees

Situations where a client pays privately for a solicitor and conditional fee agreements. 

Legal costs in different tracks

Costs in the three different tracks that claims can be allocated to. 

Fixed and other legal costs

Issues in housing cases with regard to costs, including mortgage cases and judicial review cases. 

Interim and final costs orders

Interim costs orders, which are made during the course of proceedings, and the different types of interim and final costs orders that can be made. 

How legal costs are assessed

This section explains what factors the court must take into account when assessing costs, and explains the two methods used for assessing costs. 

Court decisions on amount of legal costs

Once the court has decided which party is to pay for the costs of the case, it will then assess how much the party will have to pay. 

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