Bill Of Costs

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Meaning of Bill Of Costs

The costs legally taxable in a particular suit to the persons entitled thereto. Doe v Thompson, 22 N.H. 217.

Bill Of Costs Alternative Definition

A statement of the items which form the total amount of the costs of a suit or action. See “Costs.”

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What does Bill Of Costs mean in American Law?

The definition of Bill Of Costs in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

An English solicitor”s formal statement of his costs in a legal matter, prepared for submission to his client. (In England, “costs” include not only court fees and disbursements, but attorneys” fees.) The term is also sometimes used in the U.S. to describe the formal and sometimes sworn or certified statement of court “costs” served by the party who was awarded them on the party who was ordered to pay.


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English Legal System: Bill of Costs

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Bill of Costs : An account of *costs prepared by a solicitor in respect of legal services he has rendered his client. In general a solicitor may be required to furnish his client with a bill unless they have made an agreement in writing to the contrary. If no such agreement has been made the solicitor may not, without the permission of the High Court, sue for recovery of costs until one month after the bill of costs has been delivered. Any client dissatisfied with a bill can require his solicitor to obtain a remuneration certificate from the Law Society. The certificate will either say that the fee is fair and reasonable or it will substitute a lower fee. If the bill is endorsed with a notice saying that there is a right to ask for a remuneration certificate within one month, the client has one month from receipt of the bill to request the certificate. If the bill is not endorsed in this way, the client has a right to demand a remuneration certificate that lasts for one month from the time he was notified of this right. If the client requests a remuneration certificate, he must normally first pay half the bill and all the VAT on the bill and expenses and disbursements set out on the bill before the remuneration certificate is obtained, unless he has obtained permission from the Law Society to waive this requirement; this permission is given in exceptional circumstances. These rights are set out fully in the Solicitors (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 1994. In contentious (i.e. litigious) matters the bill is subject to *assessment of costs.

See also costs draftsman.







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