Points of dispute should be short and to the point and should follow as closely as possible Precedent G of the Schedule of Costs Precedents annexed to the Part 47 Practice Direction. (See Appendix G).
If there are any matters of principle which require decision before individual items in the bill are addressed, these should be identified and then any specific points should be set out, stating concisely the nature and grounds of dispute. Once a point has been made it should not be repeated but the item numbers where the point arises should be inserted in the left hand box as shown in Precedent G.
The paying party must state in an open letter accompanying the points of dispute, what sum, if any, that party offers to pay in settlement of the total costs claimed. The paying party may also make an offer under Part 36 (CPR 47.20).