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Increase in Solicitor’s fees in Court of Session and Sheriff Court actions

Measures have been introduced to increase the expenses (costs) paid by the unsuccessful party in litigation.  The changes will come into effect from 1st March 2014 and will cover all work done after that date.  In Scotland, there is a statutory fixed table of fees which regulates the expenses that a successful party can recover.  The table of fees will be amended so that all fees reflect the increased rate of £156 per hour in ordinary sheriff court actions and in Court of Session actions. The current rate of £142 per hour has been in place since 2009. Judicial expenses (costs) are normally calculated on the basis of block fees – fixed fees for “blocks” of work done at various stages of the court action - as opposed to being charged at an hourly rate.  Although the option to recover expenses on a time in line basis is available, drawing up an account of expenses on the basis of the block fees is a more straightforward process. With effect from 1st March, all of the block fees will be standardised so that they are a multiple or fraction of the new hourly rate.


For further information, please contact Catherine Hart, Professional Support Lawyer on 0141 228 8084

By Catherine Hart

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