Kain Knight are an ever growing force in the field of costs litigation
We are looking forward to attending the Annual Clinical Negligence Conference on 29-30 June 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.
The “Hot News” is that the Electronic Bill of Costs is now mandatory for use in all courts in England and Wales for work undertaken from 6 April 2018! Where work has straddled that date, the “old” paper bill of costs can still be used, although this is optional and the new bill will be accepted whenever the work was done. PD 47, paragraph 5.1 (a), which is the amended Practice Direction, provides that the new bill is to be compulsory in Part 7 multitrack claims, and where that is the case, there must be an Excel based document following new Precedent S with a continuous spreadsheet itemising every time recorded event. If that sounds daunting, at Kain Knight, we have been holding regular internal training sessions in readiness for the changeover, so if you require assistance with Precedent S or any other aspect of the Electronic Bill, you need only to ask. Please contact Matthew Kain at email@example.com or Colin Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org, (who will shortly be attending a judicial training day for Deputy Costs Judges: this may prove extremely useful given that not one electronic bill was assessed during the Pilot Scheme which ran for two years in the Senior Courts Costs Office)! Note, however, that the old paper bill can still be used in Part 8 claims which will include matters proceeding under the Solicitors Act 1974 and there is also an exception for litigants in person. Back in the courts, there have been some interesting cases over the past month....
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