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On a summary assessment of costs, the court will have regard to the Senior Courts Costs Office hourly rates. How is the location determined where fee earners work from home in different locations?

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Published on LexisPSL on 30/08/2019

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  • On a summary assessment of costs, the court will have regard to the Senior Courts Costs Office hourly rates. How is the location determined where fee earners work from home in different locations?

On a summary assessment of costs, the court will have regard to the Senior Courts Costs Office hourly rates. How is the location determined where fee earners work from home in different locations?

Solicitors can charge any hourly rate they wish for their services. However, they will not necessarily recover those rates at a costs assessment. The court will consider the hourly rate charged in conjunction with the guideline hourly rates (GHR).

The GHR are intended to assist judges in carrying out summary assessment, but they are widely used as a starting point by the courts when determining the reasonableness of rates claimed on detailed assessment as well. The rates depend on the location of the lawyers carrying out the work and the level of qualification of the fee-earner.

For further guidance in respect of GHR, see Practice Note: Guideline hourly rates.

Note that the current GHR have been subject to review with a view to revising them. The review was conducted by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) and considered by the Master of the Rolls (MR) in 2015, who confirmed that they would remain as they are currently, see News Analyses: Guideline hourly rates to remain the same and Existing Guideline Hourly Rates to remain in force.

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