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Damages is different from costs of litigation
Damages is for example, you buy a laptop and it is faulty.
It costs you £500 to repair
Those are your damages.
The cost of litigation at £18 per hour is a COST and not damages
Therefore you only initially include damages
But when the trial is over and if the Judge finds in your favour, then you seek your costs
Can I clarify anything else?
Thank you. You have also cleared up the 'cost' question I had. But when I went through the pre-action protocol stuff I advised the defendant on what my take on the 'claim including losses' is and I included some 'costs' which I am now presuming was not the right thing to do?
That's ok - but costs are AFTER liability has been established
Do I need to advise the defendant on anything re the financial claim side of things at this juncture?
No not yet