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Embracing Change: Ensuring a smooth transition to the electronic bill of costs

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In June 2017, we provided advice in our newsletter “Time recording and the new electronic bill of costs” as to how litigators could prepare themselves for the implementation of the new electronic bill of costs, which was at the time set to be introduced on 01 October 2017.

Then, in August 2017, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee postponed the introduction to 06 April 2018 due to concerns over the practical implications of undertaking a detailed assessment of an electronic bill. It was recognised that considerable improvements were required to IT systems within county courts across the country if the new electronic bill was going to be successful.

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee have since released within their 92nd update of the rules a practice direction to accompany CPR 47.6, which attends to the procedure and practicalities of a detailed assessment of an electronic bill of costs.

The use of an electronic bill is mandatory for all work undertaken from 06 April 2018 in Part 7 multi-track claims.

It is important to remember that whilst the format of the bill is changing, the legal principle of costs recovery is not. The biggest change is how the time spent by a litigator is to be claimed - the requirement is now in Phase, Task and Activity (see schedule 2 of the 92nd update).

To assist litigators with the transition, we have prepared a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

Should you require any further assistance or training, please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Chase, Associate and Costs Lawyer at Clarion Solicitors on 0113 336 3327 or at joanne.chase@clarionsolicitors.com.

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