Eclipse Legal Systems , the Law Society’s endorsed legal IT provider, has announced updated functionality in its Proclaim solution to enable firms to utilise the new Electronic Bill of Costs.
In April 2018 a new format was introduced for the billing of personal injury matters, mandated for completion via the new ‘Precedent S’ electronic bill. The intention is that electronic bills will provide greater transparency regarding the value of costs being claimed, be easier to compile, and less expensive to prepare by using automated calculations. It is also intended that costs incurred in a claim will be easier to understand (especially where there has been a costs budget agreed).
Eclipse’s Proclaim case and practice management solutions  have been updated to enable the management of these changes to time recording, as well as providing users with the ability to produce the new Precedent S Electronic Bill from the history of the digital file. All data is arranged into the relevant mandated categories of phase, task and activity.
Tracy Blencowe, business solutions director at Eclipse, comments:
“Mandated changes to existing ways of working are always a challenge for practitioners, and we see our role as enabling them to adapt to change as smoothly and as easily as possible. Our new Precedent S solution is already rolled out to those clients of ours that have requested it, allowing for a minimum of disruption for them to transition to the new electronic bill. To make our solution as widely available as possible, we can even provide three different ways of implementing the enhancement in order to suit firms of all shapes, sizes, and complexity of caseload.”