Solicitor and client costs—interim bills
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  • Solicitor and client costs—interim bills
  • Interim bills
  • Interim statute bills
  • Interim bills on account
  • Form of the bill
  • Consequence of the client not paying the interim bill on account
  • What is a natural break?
  • Distinguishing interim statue bills and interim bills on account
  • Lay clients
  • Solicitor clients
  • More...

Solicitor and client costs—interim bills

This Practice Note considers interim bills used to recover solicitors costs from their clients. The Practice Note explains what is meant by an interim bill and explores the two different types of interim bill that can be rendered ie interim statute bills and interim bills on account. It explores the differences between the two types of interim bill and the ability to recover costs under the each type of bill.

The terms 'bill' and 'invoice' are often used interchangeably. In this Practice Note the term 'bill' is used.

Interim bills

The basis on which solicitors are entitled to claim remuneration from their clients is set out in the retainer with the client.

The basic principle is that a solicitor's retainer is normally an entire contract under which the solicitor is entitled to claim remuneration only when all the work has been completed or the retainer has been terminated. A solicitor is not entitled generally to any payment on account of his costs other than disbursements.

However, solicitors may contract with their clients for the right to issue interim bills from time to time during the currency of the retainer, such bills are known as ‘interim statute bills’. The rationale for such bills is that, in some cases, litigation may place over a prolonged period of time and to ensure cashflow throughout the litigation, an agreement

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