Justyn James Page v RGC Restaurants [2018] EWHC 2688 (QB)

In this case the Appellant appealed against an order imposing a sanction under CPR 3.14 which limited his costs budget to applicable court fees only. The sanction had been imposed due to a failure to include preparation for trial and trial in his costs budget. The Appellant’s advisers had mistakenly considered that a second CCMC would take place and had therefore filed a budget which did not include the trial phase. The application succeeded in having the sanction lifted in relation to those parts of the agreed budget which dealt with the position up to those phases. However, it was appropriate for the sanction to remain in relation to the phases of trial preparation and trial due to the importance of the need for litigation to be conducted efficiently and at proportionate cost; and the need to enforce compliance with rules, practice directions and orders.