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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: The New Form Bill of Costs

The purpose of this lecture is to address the current controversy about reforming bills of costs for detailed assessment and to suggest a constructive way forward.

The current form bill of costs has a long and distinguished pedigree. It is based upon the style of a Victorian account book. Despite those historic virtues, the format is neither helpful nor appropriate in the twenty first century. The current form of bill makes it relatively easy for a receiving party to
disguise or even hide what has gone on. What is required is a bill which (a) gives relevant information to the court and to the paying party and (b) is transparent. PR chapter 53 highlighted these issues and invited consultees to give their views.

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