Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs back in 2010 brought about a number of rule changes that came into effect in 2013 that require ‘cost control’ to be implemented throughout the case management process for all multi-track cases.
This meant it was no longer acceptable for questions re costs to be left to the end of the litigation process when the costs have been spent. The profession has had some time to digest the new rules and practice directions which give guidance on the operation of costs management and legal software suppliers have had time to incorporate new functionality into case management systems. Select Legal Systems Limited were one of the first to launch a brand new costs management module back in April 2013 ahead of the game. Select has since enhanced this module and it is now being used widely as a highly comprehensive piece of software for litigation costs management.