Award-winning Court of Protection Costs Specialists
As some of you reading this may be aware, these past few months have seen me moving firms and I am now up and running at A & M Bacon, heading up their fast expanding Court of Protection Department.
I am delighted to have joined such a long established and renowned costs practice and am looking forward to delivering top service to new clients nationwide.
As a result of my move, I have spent the majority of this year getting back to basics; doing what I like best, why I started all this many years ago; drafting Court of Protection bills of costs!
My focus has always been on drafting bills for you and remaining at the coal face. I feel this puts me in the best place to advise you on trends emerging from the Court of Protection Section at the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO). Trends? Maybe we should call them reductions! But moreover, advising you on the pitfalls to be avoided to ensure your costs recovery is maximised.
I have been drafting many bills over the past six months for many different firms. I have seen various ways in which client firms present their files and record their time. I thought that I would go back to the very beginning and have come up with a couple of articles outlining some of the very basics of file presentation and time recording to please the court and ensure the time spent on quantifying and assessing your costs is minimised. I hope you will find this useful. I daresay most of the content will be second nature to you, but there may be the odd tip here and there you will find serves as a useful reminder.
And as always, if there’s anything you may wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or my colleagues at A & M who will be more than happy to assist.
What information to I need to include in my attendance note?
In order to ensure your bill is accurately prepared, the following basic information is required:-
In addition, letters (which are evidence in themselves that they were prepared) should clearly identify who drafted them, so they can be appropriately claimed. Further, a brief note either on the letter itself or supporting attendance note should be provided for longer letters that take more than the routine six minute unit.
Is there anything else I should include within my attendance note?
In my recent experience, most reductions made by the court relate to preparation or document work.
Anything I shouldn’t include?
There are certain phrases that should be avoided when preparing your note and these include:-
A couple of final points
A few further trends have emerged recently relating to common reductions made by the court. The following tips are designed to ensure you are aware of these and can take steps to avoid your work being reduced:-
I hope you will have picked up some pointers from this article and as previously mentioned, should you wish to discuss any issues arising or have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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