Warning over delay to e-billing regime

Moves to delay the mandatory use of electronic billing in senior courts costs offices were welcomed by the specialists who draft lawyers’ fee notes yesterday.

The measure was to become compulsory from October, but it has now been deferred to ensure that all courts are ready to accept the electronic bills. It is understood that the revised implementation date has been pushed to April 2018, but that depends on the parliamentary timetable.

“The profession will welcome more time to get to grips with the electronic bill,” Francis Kendall, vice-chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers, said. “This delay provides an opportunity both to iron out any remaining glitches and to make the bill more advanced and user friendly.”

Kendall warned that some solicitors “will just use the delay to avoid addressing this new approach to billing at all. The fact is that an electronic bill of costs is coming sooner or later and lawyers need to be ready.”

This article first appeared in The Times on 22 June 2017

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