Hourly rates—detailed assessment following costs management
Hourly rates—detailed assessment following costs management

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Hourly rates—detailed assessment following costs management
  • Hourly rates—general
  • Hourly rates—costs budget
  • Impact of budget discussion reports
  • Hourly rates—costs management
  • Hourly rates—detailed assessment following costs management
  • Cases considering hourly rates on detailed assessment following costs management
  • Whether hourly rates are subject to detailed assessment
  • Whether a challenge to hourly rates constitutes a good reason to depart from a previous budget
  • Whether a reduction in the hourly rates applicable to incurred costs will affect the assessment of costs subject to previous approval?
  • More...

This Practice Note is concerned with the court’s approach to costs assessment where a costs management order (CMO) is in place and covers, specifically, the assessment of hourly rates in terms of incurred or budgeted costs at detailed assessment. This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with the Practice Note on Detailed assessment and costs budgeting, which considers the relationship between costs budgeting and detailed assessment and in particular the provisions in CPR 3.18.

See also the following Practice Notes which may be relevant to considering issues of costs management and detailed assessment:

  1. Costs management and costs budgeting—general principles

  2. Costs budgeting—courts' approach

  3. Costs budgets—revision and variation

  4. Detailed assessment—what is it, who does it and where?

Hourly rates—general

Hourly rate is the term given to the amount individual solicitors (or counsel) will charge on a bill for each hour of work to be done. Different hourly rates apply depending on the experience of the person doing the work. While solicitors can charge any hourly rate they wish for their services, it does not follow that the client will be able to recover the same amount as the solicitor has charged, by way of costs.

When a party has been successful in being awarded its costs of proceedings and these costs are to be assessed, the costs will be subject to either summary or detailed assessment (see Practice Notes:

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