Legal Cost Specialists

New 2011 Guideline Hourly Rates coming (sometime)

By on Apr 12, 2011 | 9 comments

At the Association of Costs Lawyers national conference Master Hurst explained that although an increase in the Guideline Hourly Rates had been planned, this was due to be linked to the average earnings index but unfortunately that index no longer exists and an alternative index was being sought.

It has now been announced:

“The Master of the Rolls has received a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs on an increase to the Guideline Hourly Rates for 2011. The rates form the starting point for judges carrying out summary assessments of costs in certain cases, on reasonable hourly rates for solicitors and legal executives of varying levels of experience.

The Committee has recommended an earnings related increase for 2011, but the Master of the Rolls has asked the Committee to seek additional information and provide further evidence to allow him to make a more considered decision.

In the meantime, and until further notice, the Guideline Hourly Rates for 2010 will continue to be applied.”

This is all well and good but we are now going to have a start date for the new rates other than January or April, unless it is suggested they should apply retrospectively.  Just one more thing to try and remember when reviewing Bills of Costs.   
 

    9 Comments

  1. only applies if matter attracts guideline rates and even then surely the solicitors should be savvy enough to have factored in an annual increase for 2011. If so cannot see why the court should disallow such an increase from either January or April

    chrisa

    12th April 2011

  2. so Jackson comes out, criticises the level of costs, but the rates still go up every year, I might be being naive but is this a little contradictory?!

    roots manoova

    12th April 2011

  3. On this occasion I have to concur with ”roots manoova”!

    (Editor’s Note: Not the Ben Pitts from BPW Legal Recruitment)

    Ben Pitts

    12th April 2011

  4. The whole sorry saga could have been resolved with an adjustment to the hourly rates in my view.

    Trainee Bus Driver

    12th April 2011

  5. Is there one solicitor out there who would accept a proposal to freeze rates? – I would bet most would regard that as a good result given the pressure there must be to lower rates.

    Andy Ellis

    12th April 2011

  6. Certainly the locations and which fall into which band need careful reconsideration, too many vagaries i.e. Leeds Inner/Outer, Newcastle Inner/Outer, Birmingham Inner/Outer

    Anonymous

    14th April 2011

  7. Am I really the only one aware of what RCJ Hill has said about the subect of “guideline rates” ?

    Anonymous

    19th April 2011

  8. anonymous – possibly, care to enlighten as to the point you are making?

    roots manoova

    20th April 2011

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