Category: Bills of Costs

Keeping your file in order …..

5th September, 2016

Too often we see solicitors not able to send their files immediately to us to be costed as they need to ‘put the file in order’.  This only delays getting costs which is bad for cashflow and for the client and also runs the risk of losing out on interest. Attain’s top tip for this…

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Solicitors must provide proper particulars of work done in their bills

8th August, 2016

A costs judge has ordered a law firm to resubmit its final bills for substantial sums because it failed to provide proper particulars of the work undertaken. Gordon-Saker, sitting in the High Court (SCCO), said at face value the last invoice could not be described as a final bill: ‘A bill must contain sufficient information…

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Attain is happy to act for litigants in person

4th July, 2016

Attain recently acted on behalf of a litigant in person who was a paying party. Attain managed to secure a substantial reduction to the receiving party bill. Attain settled the case within 3 weeks, which meant a swift resolution for the litigant in person at minimal extra cost. If you are a litigant in person…

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Changes to the format of Bills of Costs – 83rd CPR Update

18th May, 2016

It’s business as usual here at Attain ….. If you thought the 83rd update was about costs budgets, you were right (click here for Kay Hewitt’s blog) but it also covered changes to the format of bills of costs.  In particular, Practice Direction 47 5.8 (7) (8) and (9) was amended with effect from 6th…

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Need a Court of Protection Bill of Costs Preparing?

11th May, 2016

One of the things I love about my work is the variety of bills which I prepare.   As well as our team’s vast experience in the costs fields of clinical negligence, actions against the police, personal injury and commercial law, we are also hugely experienced in preparing all forms of Court of Protection bills.…

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Working Collaboratively – Increased Profitability

4th May, 2016

At Attain we focus on working alongside our clients and becoming part of their team.  Here, we have a recent success story to share. One of our clients has granted us remote access to their project management system.  This had instant benefits for both Attain and our client: Attain are able to access information electronically…

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Turning Tides: UTBMS Codes

15th April, 2016

English and Welsh lawyers will be forgiven for thinking that the only UTBMS code set is the J-codes.   This recent article by Aileen Leventon (click here) announces the creation of a new code set for M&A work and also describes many of the processes which the Hutton Committee went through as we worked on…

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Finding Unrecorded Work

11th April, 2016

Attain recently drafted a bill of costs in a large clinical negligence matter for a solicitor who is known to Attain for their exemplary time recording.   Even here, Attain were able to identify upwards of fifteen hours chargeable unrecorded work.  It is well known that even experienced and conscientious solicitors still under-record. The unique…

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J–code jitters

14th January, 2016

Many practitioners will have seen references yesterday to the introduction of the new electronic bill of costs being delayed ‘indefinitely’. The mis-use of the ‘I’ word was soon corrected, here’s what Lexis Nexis are now saying:- Dispute Resolution analysis: The mandatory use of the New Bill of Costs and the underlying J-codes appears to have…

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