Applying for an increase beyond the standard cost limit: procedure and information to provide

If the standard cost limit is not sufficient to conclude the case, you can apply for an increase in funding. You should complete the amend application. There is no limit to the number of amend applications you can submit. If we are satisfied costs to be incurred are proportionate and reasonable we will grant the application.

Your amend application needs to explain why the available expenditure is running out and what work is needed to bring the case to a conclusion. It should also give up to date information about the prospects of success for the assisted person.

You should include details of:

  • Counsel and expert fees
  • Other significant outlays including reporter’s or curator’s costs
  • Likely length of any court hearings including estimates of time needed for any proof
  • Number of child welfare hearings in the case, if applicable
  • Any special needs of your client, that require additional assistance or expenditure

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