New Bill of Costs consultation

August 4, 2015

New Bill of Costs

The Committee appointed to make recommendations on a new bill of costs pursuant to the Jackson Report, which is chaired by Alexander Hutton QC, have published the draft new bill and guidance documents for consultation and are inviting comments/suggestions by 18.9.15.

The draft bill and guidance documents

It is planned that there will be a Practice Direction in force from the start of October 2015 which will enable parties to use the new bill of costs in cases in the SCCO instead of the existing model (although at this stage there is no requirement to use the new bill, only that it is voluntary and you would not be in breach of the rules if you adopted it). The longer term plan at present is that there will be a pilot in all SSCO cases where there costs order giving rise to the right to costs has been made on or after 1st April 2016 where the new bill of costs will be the recommended form of bill in place of the existing model.

Please use the form below or email your comments or suggestions to Alexander Hutton QC and David Nelson by 4pm on 18.9.15. Please do not expect an instant response from us as we will be collating comments together and considering them as a whole. But we value your help in hopefully improving the current draft of the new bill. Please also read the guidance documents carefully before you email as some of the answers to queries may well be in them.


Many thanks for your assistance and we look forward to hearing from you.

Alexander Hutton QC (Chair of the Committee)
David Nelson (Project Coordinator)
On behalf of the New Bill Committee

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