I am preparing a bill of costs in a contentious matter. Is it correct that I cannot charge for incoming letters?

I am a trainee solicitor assisting in the preparation of a bill of costs in a contentious matter. My firm's cost draftsperson tells me that I cannot make a charge for incoming letters in my bill of costs. Is this correct?

Yes. The unit charge for letters out and emails out will include perusing and considering the relevant letters in and emails in.

No separate charge should be made, although the terms of your retainer may allow recovery of this from your client. (see Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 47).


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