Hourly rates for libel lawyers
Geoffrey Bindman, ex-lawyer for Private Eye, writing in New Law Journal:
“My initial inexperience of libel law did not prove a disadvantage. Nor – contrary to the belief encouraged by a coterie of specialist libel lawyers who have built up a lucrative cottage industry – was it a difficult area of law. The key skill is negotiation, which is distinct from specialised knowledge of the subject.”
Unless evidence can be produced of higher overheads, no more than Guideline Hourly Rates appropriate for this type of work then?