On 27th September 2012 the LSC provided an update on when it is necessary to submit the file of papers when submitting claims for costs to be assessed. This is a change from their previous guidance on this issue in August. They have stated that the file of papers now only needs to be sent in two circumstances:
1. When the profit costs exceed £2,500
We require your case files when the profit costs exceed £2,500, excluding VAT, counsel fees and disbursements.
2. Where you calculate that your costs escape fixed family fees
We also require your case files in family cases, where you calculate that the costs escape the fee under:
The Care Proceedings Graduated Fee Scheme (CPGFS)
Private Family Law Representation Scheme (PFLRS).
They do however point out that they may from time to time specifically request the file of papers for other cases when they receive a claim; this will be done through their priority return system.
We have been advised that the ‘Civil Form Completion Guidance for Solicitors’ document will be updated to take account of this change. It can be downloaded from the right hand side of the following page on their website: