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Costs have been reserved at present but we have an appeal hearing

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costs have been reserved at present but we have an appeal hearing next week brought by the other side. if we are landed with the other sides costs of �26K can we ask for a detailed assessment
1. Yes, you most certainly can ask for a detailed assessment of the other side's costs if a costs order for their costs is imposed on your side. Essentially, the procedure is that the costs when the bill is drawn up, gets sent to an Independent third party Costs Assessor who is an official appointed under law to measure the correct amount of costs in litigation.
2. This Costs Assessor, who is a public official, look at and examines each amount demanded in the Bill of Costs and assesses it for whether it is reasonable or not. In this way, the overall bill is measured to assess whether the amounts claimed are reasonable and in accordance with what the law would allow for each item claimed.
3. Ultimately, only a reasonable amount of costs will be paid by you. Accordingly, if the costs are awarded against you, at the end of the case you should seek to have the costs referred for assessment. Be aware that normally, both sides will agree the correct amount of costs between themselves. However, if this is not possible, there is the public official Costs Assessor to refer to the bill of costs to.
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