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Procedure: Guideline hourly rates – call for evidence imminent

Review of guideline hourly rates

The Civil Justice Council Costs Committee is reviewing the guideline hourly rates and is due to issue a short call for evidence on Friday 1st November. The rates were last increased in 2010 and the committee is conducting a comprehensive evidence-based review and making recommendations to the Master of the Rolls by 31 March 2014 to assist him in setting new rates.

HHJ David Hodge QC, the circuit judge member of the Civil Justice Council costs committee conducting the review, told the Association of Costs Lawyers conference this month that practitioners will have a month to respond with views supported by evidence. Oral sessions will be held with selected professional bodies, organisations and firms in February 2014.

The committee will seek information on salaries, fee income, hours claimed and overheads for each grade of fee-earner in each geographical band, as well as the spread of income between different areas of work. Other issues include whether distinct rates should be set for significant areas of litigation, such as commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence and rethinking the geographical bands.

Survey on GHR

By Fiona James

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