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I was recently contacted by a company in Pakistan offering to prepare schedule of costs and Bill of costs. Apparently they have worked for several UK legal costing services.
My first thought was how do they deal with the logistics of obtaining the solicitors’ file of papers?
Then it dawned on me. All these schedules and bills I see from so many costs firms, that appear to bear to relation to the underlying claim, have been prepared by draftsmen in Pakistan without sight of the papers and just making it up as they go along.
No. Only kidding. They must have full access to the solicitors’ electronic case management system and timesheets. Mustn’t they?