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Can a solicitor bring a claim against a client for disbursements incurred, but not yet paid, on the client's behalf?

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Published on LexisPSL on 22/06/2016

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  • Can a solicitor bring a claim against a client for disbursements incurred, but not yet paid, on the client's behalf?

Can a solicitor bring a claim against a client for disbursements incurred, but not yet paid, on the client's behalf?

As explained in our Practice Note: Recovery of costs, solicitor’s rights, and non-statutory assessments, in the section entitled ‘Recovery of costs, solicitor’s rights, and non-statutory assessments —Suing for recovery of costs’:

You may not bring a claim for your costs before the expiry of one (calendar) month from the date on which the statute-compliant bill was delivered (Solicitors Act 1974 (SA 1974), s 69(1))

and

You can also not bring a claim for your costs if the client has made an application to the court for a detailed assessment of costs under SA 1974, s 70(1) or has

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