Bill of Costs pilot scheme [Archived]
Bill of Costs pilot scheme [Archived]

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Bill of Costs pilot scheme [Archived]
  • Why is the bill of costs changing?
  • What is the pilot scheme and when will it apply?
  • Different forms of the Bill of Costs under the pilot scheme
  • Application of the pilot scheme
  • Use of a spreadsheet
  • Time recording (phase, task, activity and expense)

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note provided information on the Bill of Costs pilot scheme which came to an end on 30 September 2017. This Practice Note is therefore for historical purposes only. For current information on detailed assessment, see: Detailed Assessment—overview.

This Practice Note covers a pilot scheme set out in old Practice Direction 51L which ran from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2017.

The pilot scheme applied to detailed assessment proceedings in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) and was voluntary.

Why is the bill of costs changing?

The system for producing a Bill of Costs did not engage with the technological advances available and could easily be produced from the time recording made by solicitors throughout the time working on a litigation matter. In addition, since the introduction of the costs budgeting regime other issues have arisen, such as the fact that there is no requirement to set out how the Bill of Costs complies with the last approved budget.

Jackson's final costs report, prior to the introduction of costs budgeting, made two recommendations:

106 A new format of bill of costs should be devised, which will be more informative and capable of yielding information at different levels of generality.

107 Software should be developed which will (a) be used for time recording and capturing relevant information and (2) automatically generate