Azure East Midlands Ltd v Manchester Airport Group Property Developments Ltd

Practice – Costs budget. In proceedings concerning a dispute over a lease, the claimant served its costs budget two days late, namely five, rather than seven, days prior to the first case management conference. The claimant applied for relief from sanctions. The Technology and Construction Court held that the non-compliance or breach had been trivial and/or insignificant and/or inconsequential, and that the claimant could rely on its costs budget. Further, completion of a case management information sheet did not in any way relieve a party from its separate obligations to file and/or serve a costs budget in accordance with the provisions of CPR 3.12 to 3.18.

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