The Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2018 has been published, replacing the 2013 version of the Guide with immediate effect.
The 2013 Guide had been produced to reflect the many changes arising from the revision of Parts 43 to 48 of the Civil Procedure Rules as from 1 April 2013.
The new 2018 Guide (attached below) reflects the changes which have occurred as those reforms have bedded in. It is also designed to assist practitioners and parties with the use of electronic bills of costs, which are mandatory for costs incurred after 6 April 2018.
The expectation is that future changes to the Guide will be captured by regular revision rather than a five or six yearly review, as has happened previously.
To facilitate such changes the Guide will exist only electronically, although it may also be reproduced in practitioners’ commentaries.