Bryan King who, many of you will know, was for many years Clifford Chance's main man in the world of e-billing, was recently asked to advise an Association of Cost Lawyers (ACL) working group on aspects of how e-billing standards and technology could be introduced in the wake of Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation in 2009. The group has now publishing its Modernising Bills of Costs report (see attached PDF) which makes a series of recommendations – one of which is to introduce some aspects of e-billing to civil litigation.

As e-billing has gained huge momentum in the billing process between law firms and corporate clients, one aspect of the report's proposals is that law firms working in this area should begin to think about recording time along the lines of the UTBMS phase, task and activity codes and producing billing data in a LEDES type file format. King says “Even though this is a medium term goal I believe that many firms will have to start thinking about these issues and looking at how their PMS can be upgraded.”