News in brief – 28-03-2019

High Court dispenses with electronic bill

A High Court judge has relieved a claimant who won a trial in January from having to produce an electronic bill for the work undertaken since 6 April 2018.

In Assetco PLC v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2019] EWHC 592 (Comm), a professional negligence claim that saw the auditor defendant ordered to pay damages of £22m, both parties told Mr Justice Bryan that preparing an electronic bill would be a time-consuming and costly task.

He recorded: “It would also make, it is said, little sense, firstly, as these proceedings were not subject to costs budgeting; secondly, the electronic version of the bill in the new form would only apply to work done after 6 April 2018, and, therefore, it is not likely to be of great assistance to the costs judge if the court were provided with two separate costs bills in different formats.”

The judge said: “I consider that in the circumstances of the present case, where the case has substantially been undertaken prior to [6 April 2018], and given the costs implications when measured against the likely benefits to the costs judge, this is an appropriate case where I should otherwise order and, therefore, the parties are not required to submit costs bills.

“It effectively means that AssetCo is not required to submit costs bills in the new electronic format for the reasons that I have given.”


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