New Bill of Costs delayed beyond October launch date…

Solicitors’ firms now have additional time to implement J-Codes and train their fee earners on the use of them as the proposed 1st October 2016 launch date for the mandatory use of the new electronic Bill of Costs, introduced under a voluntary pilot in October 2015, is put back until the Law Society has had the opportunity to conduct a survey of its members and the Ministry of Justice has considered the matter.

No new date has been set and it would not be fanciful to suggest that the new electronic Bill of Costs and the J-Code structure, as currently proposed, may be given a face lift or scrapped altogether. Currently there is already a degree of opposition to the format of the new Bill of Costs and J-Code structure, not least, from members of the costs profession and the financial impact on some firms who will need to invest in new software may prove to be a major obstacle.

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