An interim bill can be a statute bill even though it only includes profit costs or disbursements, and not both

Richard Slade and Company Solicitors v Boodia and Boodia [2018] – EWHC Civ 2667

The Court of Appeal held that a solicitor’s invoice could be an interim statute bill for the relevant period, even though it did not contain disbursements incurred during that period. As a matter of practicality and policy, it was unsatisfactory for a solicitor to be unable to issue a statute bill until it had been invoiced for all disbursements incurred during the relevant period which left the solicitor dependent upon third parties, such as experts and counsel, to raise invoices.  

While a client needs sufficient information to determine whether to exercise the right to assess the bill, a bill containing profit costs only would not necessarily fail that test.

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