Breakdown of costs by phase
The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2015, coming into force on 1st October 2015, introduces an amendment of CPR 47.6 as to the documents to be served when commencing detailed assessment proceedings:
“8. In rule 47.6, in paragraph (1) –
(a) at the end of sub-paragraph (a), omit “and”; and
(b) at the end of sub-paragraph (b), insert -“; and
(c) if a costs management order has been made, a breakdown of the costs claimed for each phase of the proceedings”.”
About time to, although would it not have been simpler to require the bill to be drafted in different parts for each phase of the proceedings? As it is, there no doubt will remain scope for argument as to how detailed a “breakdown” needs to be. Although this comes in on 1st October 2015, parties are unlikely to receive a sympathetic reception from the courts if they serve bills before that date that are not accompanied by such a breakdown or drafted by phase.