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If a client refuses to pay monies owed to a solicitor, the solicitor is still entitled to seek recovery of their costs, see Practice Note: Recovery of costs, solicitor’s rights, and non-statutory assessments.
However, a recent decision in the Queen’s Bench division, Foskett J held that the court had a wide discretion to stay detailed assessment proceedings and the requirement for the clients to pay money to the solicitors. In this case, the detailed assessment was stayed due to the fact that the client was seeking to bring a claim for professional negligence. For information, see News Analysis: Staying a detailed assessment and the courts’ discretion (Riordan v Moon Beever).
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