Guidance for the Conduct of Remote Hearings

GUIDANCE FOR THE CONDUCT OF REMOTE COSTS HEARINGS              (21 April 2020)

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) is hosting new guidance on the conduct of remote detailed assessments, which has been produced by a group of costs professionals with the support of the regional costs bench. It has also been welcomed by the masters at the Senior Courts Costs Office. 

The guidance can be found here

Detailed assessments are not included in the civil court listing priorities produced by HM Courts & Tribunals Service, but it is important for solicitors’ cash flow that assessments continue. The fact of upcoming DAs also encourage paying parties to settle costs disputes. 

The guidance pays particular attention to preparing e-bundles, with specific instruction on how to maintain privilege over the receiving party’s file of papers whilst at the same time creating an accessible core bundle, and how to deal with requests for Pamplin production. 

The court has to be provided with an electronic copy of the bill in an editable format – Microsoft Word for old-style paper bills or Excel for electronic bills.