Hourly rates for costs draftsmen
I note the new Model Form of Bill of Costs gives the following example in relation to hourly rates:
“The claimant instructed E F & Co under a retainer which specifies the following hourly rates.
Partner – £217 per hour plus VAT
Assistant Solicitor – £192 per hour plus VAT
Other fee earners – £118 per hour plus VAT”
When it comes to the costs of drafting the Bill it gives:
“Engaged: Costs draftsman – 4 hours (at £110)”
Read what you like into the fact the hourly rate for the costs draftsman is below the “other fee earners” rate set in the retainer (although, by my maths, the total claimed works out at £120 per hour).