On 16 November 2018, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary announced the publication of the Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2018. This replaces the Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2013 with immediate effect. [i]
The Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) Guide provides practitioners with up-to-date guidance on all of the Civil Procedure Rules which relate to costs – typically Parts 43 to 48.
For example, Section 9 of the Guide provides information on the new Electronic Bill of Costs. Since 6 April 2018, in Part 7 multi-track claims (there are exceptions), Bills of Costs must be presented in electronic spreadsheet format and must be compatible with Precedent S (annexed to CPR 47).
A 5-year-review period is not, however, to be accepted as the norm. Future revisions to the SCCO Guide will likely be captured in more regular, electronic updates.
To access the Guide, please click here.
[i] Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2018 is published’ (16 November 2018 Courts and Tribunals Judiciary) <https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/senior-courts-costs-office-guide-2018-is-published/> accessed 19 November 2018