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Costs Practice Direction 4.9 states: "Each item claimed in the bill of costs must be consecutively numbered". It has contained this provision since the CPR was introduced.
So why does one major costs drafting software programme not automatically do this but instead just numbers disbursements?
The reason this is a particular bugbear of mine is that it makes it much easier to draft points of dispute if you can simply refer to an item number rather than need to use a description, especially if you are raising the same dispute in relation to items spread across the bill of costs.