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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.

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

Costs of litigants in person are reduced and people on low incomes may get public funding or be entitled to remission on their court fees. 

Solicitors fees

People paying privately for a solicitor must receive information on how they will be charged, such as 'no win no fee' agreements. 

Legal costs in different tracks

Costs amounts and recovery depend on allocating the case to one of the three different tracks and can be fixed in specific cases. 

Costs for housing court cases

Fixed costs in certain housing and property cases and specific rules for cost recovery in mortgage, judicial review, and tribunal 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

Factors the court must consider when deciding the amount of money to be paid at the same hearing a costs order is made or in a separate hearing. 

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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