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Previous guideline rates

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New Guideline Hourly Rates for 2010

  Band A Band B Band C Band D
London 1 409 296 226 138
London 2 317 242 196 126
London 3 229 - 267 172 - 229 165 121
         
National 1 217 192 161 118
National 2 201 177 146 111

The rates for London 3, Bands A and B are presented as ranges following the format of The Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs. These ranges go some way towards reflecting the wide range of work types transacted in these areas.

Further information on the 2010 rates is available from the website for the Judiciary of England and Wales at http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/publications_media/general/guideline-hrly-rate.htm

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New Guideline Hourly Rates for 2009

  Band A Band B Band C Band D
London 1 402 291 222 136
London 2 312 238 193 124
London 3 225 - 263 169 - 225 162 119
         
National 1 213 189 158 116
National 2/3 198 174 144 109

The rates for London 3, Bands A and B are presented as ranges following the format of the Guide to The Assessment of Costs. These ranges go some way towards reflecting the wide range of work types transacted in these areas.

Recommendation by Master of the Rolls

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Guideline Rates for Summary Assessment January 2008

Band One Grade* A** B C D
Guideline Rates 203 180 151 110
Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth (including Poole)  
Birmingham Inner  
Bristol  
Cambridge City, Harlow  
Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway & Tunbridge Wells  
Cardiff (Inner)  
Chelmsford South, Essex & East Suffolk  
Chester  
Fareham, Winchester  
Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight  
Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epsom  
Leeds Inner (within 2 km radius of the City Art Gallery)  
Lewes  
Liverpool, Birkenhead  
Manchester Central  
Newcastle - City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral)  
Norwich City  
Nottingham City  
Oxford, Thames Valley  
Southampton, Portsmouth  
Swindon, Basingstoke  
Watford  
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Band Two Grade* A** B C D
Guideline Rates 191 168 139 105
Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Taunton, Yeovil  
Bury  
Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St E, Norfolk, Lowestoft  
Cheshire & North Wales  
Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stratford and Warwick  
Exeter, Plymouth  
Hull (City)  
Leeds Outer, Wakefield & Pontefract  
Leigh  
Lincoln  
Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin, Hertford  
Manchester Outer, Oldham, Bolton, Tameside  
Newcastle (other than City Centre)  
Nottingham & Derbyshire  
Sheffield, Doncaster and South Yorkshire  
Southport  
St Helens  
Stockport, Altrincham, Salford  
Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)  
Wigan  
Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley & Stourbridge  
York, Harrogate  
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Band Three Grade* A** B C D
Guideline Rates 174 156 133 99
Birmingham Outer  
Bradford (Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley & Skipton)  
Cumbria  
Devon, Cornwall  
Grimsby, Skegness  
Hull Outer  
Kidderminster  
Northampton & Leicester  
Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rawenstall & Nelson  
Scarborough & Ripon  
Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth  
Teesside  
Worcester, Hereford, Evesham and Redditch  
Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry  
South & West Wales  
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London Bands

Grade* A** B C D
City of London: EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4 396 285 219 134
Central London: W1, WC1, WC2, SW1 304 231 189 121
Outer London: (All other London post codes: W, NW, N, E, SE, SW and Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge) 219 - 256 165 - 219 158 116
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Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs 2007

Solicitor’s hourly rates

The guideline rates for solicitors provided here are broad approximations only. In any particular area the Designated Civil Judge may supply more exact guidelines for rates in that area. Also the costs estimate provided by the paying party may give further guidance if the solicitors for both parties are based in the same locality.

The following diagram shows guideline figures for each of three bands outside the London area, and a further three bands within the London area with a statement of the localities included in each band. In each band there are four columns specifying figures for different grades of fee earner.

Localities

The guideline figures have been grouped according to locality by way of general guidance only. Although many firms may be comparable with others in the same locality, some of them will not be. For example, a firm located in the City of London which specialises in fast track personal injury claims may not be comparable with other firms in that locality and vice versa.

In any particular case the hourly rate it is reasonable to allow should be determined by reference to the rates charged by comparable firms. For this purpose the costs estimate supplied by the paying party may be of assistance The rate to allow should not be determined by reference to locality or postcode alone.

Grades of fee earner

The grades of fee earner have been agreed between representatives of the Supreme Court Costs Office, the Association of District Judges and the Law Society. The categories are as follows:

  1. Solicitors with over eight years post qualification experience including at least eight years litigation experience.
  2. Solicitors and legal executives with over four years post qualification experience including at least four years litigation experience.
  3. Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience.
  4. Trainee solicitors, para legals and other fee earners.

"Legal Executive" means a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Those who are not Fellows of the Institute are not entitled to call themselves legal executives and in principle are therefore not entitled to the same hourly rate as a legal executive.

Unqualified clerks who are fee earners of equivalent experience may be entitled to similar rates and in this regard it should be borne in mind that Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives generally spend two years in a solicitor’s office before passing their Part 1 general examinations, spend a further two years before passing the Part 2 specialist examinations and then complete a further two years in practice before being able to become Fellows. Fellows have therefore possess considerable practical experience and academic achievement. Clerks without the equivalent experience of legal executives will be treated as being in the bottom grade of fee earner ie. trainee solicitors and fee earners of equivalent experience. Whether or not a fee earner has equivalent experience is ultimately a matter for the discretion of the court.

Rates to allow for senior fee earners

Many High Court cases justify fee earners at a senior level. However the same may not be true of attendance at pre-trial hearings with counsel. The task of sitting behind counsel should be delegated to a more junior fee earner in all but the most important pre-trial hearings. The fact that the receiving party insisted upon the senior’s attendance, or the fact that the fee earner is a sole practitioner who has no juniors to delegate to, should not be the determinative factors. As with hourly rates the costs estimate supplied by the paying party may be of assistance. What grade of fee earner did they use?

An hourly rate in excess of the guideline figures may be appropriate for Grade A fee earners in substantial and complex litigation where other factors, including the value of the litigation, the level of complexity, the urgency or importance of the matter as well as any international element would justify a significantly higher rate to reflect higher average costs.

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Guideline Rates for Summary assessment January 2007

 
Band One Grade * A** B C D
Guideline Rates 195 173 145 106
Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth (including Poole)  
Birmingham Inner  
Bristol  
Cambridge City, Harlow  
Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway & Tunbridge Wells  
Cardiff (Inner)  
Chelmsford South, Essex & East Suffolk  
Fareham, Winchester  
Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight  
Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epsom  
Leeds Inner (within 2 kilometers radius of the City Art Gallery)  
Lewes  
Liverpool, Birkenhead  
Manchester Central  
Newcastle - City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral)  
Norwich City  
Nottingham City  
Oxford, Thames Valley  
Southampton, Portsmouth  
Swindon, Basingstoke  
Watford  
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Band Two Grade * A** B C D
Guideline Rates 183 161 133 101
Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Taunton, Yeovil  
Bury  
Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St E, Norfolk,
Lowestoft
 
Chester & North Wales  
Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stratford and Warwick  
Exeter, Plymouth  
Hull (City)  
Leeds Outer, Wakefield & Pontefract  
Leigh  
Lincoln  
Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin, Hertford  
Manchester Outer, Oldham, Bolton, Tameside  
Newcastle (other than City Centre)  
Nottingham & Derbyshire  
Sheffield, Doncaster and South Yorkshire  
Southport  
St Helens  
Stockport, Altrincham, Salford  
Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)  
Wigan  
Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley & Stourbridge  
York, Harrogate  
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Band Three Grade * A** B C D
Guideline Rates 167 150 128 95
Birmingham Outer  
Bradford (Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley & Skipton)  
Cumbria  
Devon, Cornwall  
Grimsby, Skegness  
Hull Outer  
Kidderminster  
Northampton & Leicester  
Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn,
Rawenstall & Nelson
 
Scarborough & Ripon  
Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth  
Teesside  
Worcester, Hereford, Evesham and Redditch  
Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry  
South & West Wales  
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LONDON BANDS  
 
Grade * A** B C D
City of London:
EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4
380 274 210 129

Central London:
W1, WC1, WC2, SW1

292 222 181 116

Outer London:
(All other London post codes: W, NW, N, E, SE, SW and Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge)

210-246 158-210 152 111

*There are four grades of fee earner:

  1. A.Solicitors with over 8 years post qualification experience including at least 8 years litigation experience.
  2. B.Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years post qualification experience including at least 4 years litigation experience.
  3. C.Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience.
  4. D.Trainee Solicitors, para legals and fee earners of equivalent experience.

Note:"legal executive`" means a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

**An hourly rate in excess of the guideline figures may be appropriate for Grade A fee earners in substantial and complex litigation where other factors, including the value of the litigation, the level of complexity, the urgency or importance of the matter as well as any international element would justify a significantly higher rate to reflect higher average costs.

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Counsel's Fees

The following table sets out figures based on Supreme Court Costs Office statistics dealing with run of the mill proceedings in the Queens Bench and Chancery Division and in the Administrative Court. The table gives figures for cases lasting up to an hour and up to half a day, in respect of counsel up to five years call, up to ten years call and over ten years call. It is emphasised that these figures are not recommended rates but it is hoped that they may provide a helpful starting point for judges when assessing counsel’s fees. The appropriate fee in any particular case may be more or less than the figures appearing in the table, depending upon the circumstances.

The table does not include any figures in respect of leading counsel’s fees since such cases would self evidently be exceptional. Similarly, no figures are included for the Commercial Court or the Technology & Construction Court.

Table of Counsel's Fees
Queens Bench 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £259 £450
Junior 5 - 10 years call £386 £767
Junior 10+ years call £582 £1,164
Chancery Division
Junior up to 5 years call £291 £556
Junior 5 - 10 years call £497 £931
Junior 10+ years call £757 £1,397
Administrative Court
Junior up to 5 years call £381 £582
Junior 5 - 10 years call £698 £1,164
Junior 10+ years call £989 £1,746

 

If the paying parties were represented by counsel, the fee paid to their counsel is an important factor but not a conclusive one on the question of fees payable to the receiving party’s counsel.

In deciding upon the appropriate fee for counsel the question is not simply one of counsel’s experience and seniority but also of the level of counsel which the particular case merits.

Counsel’s fees should not be allowed in cases in which it was not reasonable to have instructed counsel, but it must be borne in mind that, especially in substantial hearings, it may be more economical if the advocacy is conducted by counsel rather than a solicitor. In all cases the court should consider whether or not the decision to instruct counsel has led to an increase in costs and whether that increase is justifiable.

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Guideline Rates for Summary Assessment - January 2005

Band One Grade *
Guideline Rates A
184
B
163
C
137
D
100
Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth
Birmingham Inner
Bristol**
Cambridge City Centre
Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway
& Tunbridge Wells
Cardiff (Inner)
Kingston/Guildford/Reigate/Epsom
Leeds Inner (within 1 kilometer radius of the City Art Gallery)
Lewes
Liverpool, Birkenhead
Manchester Central
Newcastle - City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral)
Norwich
Nottingham City
Southampton, Portsmouth
Swindon, Basingstoke
**Bristol was reclassified into Band 1 in 2004
 
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Band Two Grade *
Guideline Rates A
173
B
152
C
126
D
95
Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester
Bristol, **
Bury
Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St E, Norfolk, Lowestoft
Chelmsford South
Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire,
Isle of Wight
Hull (City)
Leeds Outer, Wakefield & Pontefract
Leigh
Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin,
Hertford
Manchester Outer/ Oldham/Bolton/Tameside
Oxford (Inner/Outer), Reading, Slough
Milton Keynes, Aylesbury
Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Southport
St Helens
Stockport/Altrincham/Salford
Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)
Watford
Wigan
York, Harrogate
**Bristol was reclassified into Band 1 in 2004
 
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Band Three Grade *
Guideline Rates A
158
B
142
C
121
D
90
Birmingham Outer
Bradford (Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley & Skipton)
Chester & North Wales
Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton,
Stratford and Warwick
Cumbria
Devon, Cornwall, Exeter, Taunton & Yeovil
Grimsby
Hull Outer
Kidderminster
Lincoln
Newcastle (other than City Centre)
Northampton & Leicester
Nottingham & Derbyshire
Plymouth
Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley
Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn,
Rawenstall & Nelson
Scarborough & Ripon
Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth
Teesside
Trowbridge
Weston
Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley
& Stourbridge
Worcester, Hereford, Evesham and Redditch
Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry
South & West Wales
 
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London Bands Grade *
Guideline Rates A B C D
City of London ** 359 259 198 122
Central London 276 210 171 110
Outer London (including Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge) 198-232 149-198 144 105

* There are four grades of fee earner:

  1. Solicitors with over 8 years post qualification experience including at least 8 years litigation experience.
  2. Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years post qualification experience including at least 4 years litigation experience.
  3. Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience.
  4. Trainee Solicitors, para legals and fee earners of equivalent experience.

Note: "legal executive" means a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

** Although a guideline figure is given for the top grade of fee earner in the City of London, it is recognised that in certain complex, major litigation the appropriate rate may exceed the guideline by a significant margin.

Counsel's Fees

The following table sets out figures based on Supreme Court Costs Office statistics dealing with run of the mill proceedings in the Queens Bench and Chancery Division and in the Administrative Court. The table gives figures for cases lasting up to an hour and up to half a day, in respect of counsel up to five years call, up to ten years call and over ten years call. It is emphasised that these figures are not recommended rates but it is hoped that they may provide a helpful starting point for judges when assessing counsel's fees. The appropriate fee in any particular case may be more or less than the figures appearing in the table, depending upon the circumstances.

The table does not include any figures in respect of leading counsel's fees since such cases would self evidently be exceptional. Similarly, no figures are included for the Commercial Court or the Technology & Construction Court.

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Table of Counsel's Fees

Queens Bench 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £245 £425
Junior 5 - 1- years call £365 £725
Junior 10+ years call £550 £1,100

 

Chancery Division 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £275 £525
Junior 5 - 1- years call £470 £880
Junior 10+ years call £715 £1,320

 

Administrative Court 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £360 £550
Junior 5 - 1- years call £660 £1,100
Junior 10+ years call £935 £1,650

 

If the paying parties were represented by counsel, the fee paid to their counsel is an important factor but not a conclusive one on the question of fees payable to the receiving party's counsel.

In deciding upon the appropriate fee for counsel the question is not simply one of counsel's experience and seniority but also of the level of counsel which the particular case merits.

Counsel's fees should not be allowed in cases in which it was not reasonable to have instructed counsel, but it must be borne in mind that, especially in substantial hearings, it may be more economical if the advocacy is conducted by counsel rather than a solicitor. In all cases the court should consider whether or not the decision to instruct counsel has led to an increase in costs and whether that increase is justifiable.


Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs 2003

 

Band One Grade *
Guideline Rates A
175
B
155
C
130
D
95
Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth
Birmingham Inner
Cambridge City Centre
Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway
& Tunbridge Wells
Cardiff (Inner)
Kingston/Guildford/Reigate/Epsom
Leeds Inner (within 1 kilometer radius of the City Art Gallery)
Lewes
Liverpool, Birkenhead
Manchester Central
Newcastle - City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral)
Norwich
Nottingham City
Southampton, Portsmouth
Swindon, Basingstoke
 
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Band Two Grade *
Guideline Rates A
165
B
145
C
120
D
90
Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester
Bristol,
Bury
Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St E, Norfolk, Lowestoft
Chelmsford South
Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire,
Isle of Wight
Hull (City)
Leeds Outer, Wakefield & Pontefract
Leigh
Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin,
Hertford
Manchester Outer/ Oldham/Bolton/Tameside
Oxford (Inner/Outer), Reading, Slough
Milton Keynes, Aylesbury
Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Southport
St Helens
Stockport/Altrincham/Salford
Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)
Watford
Wigan
York, Harrogate
 
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Band Three Grade *
Guideline Rates A
150
B
135
C
115
D
85
Birmingham Outer
Bradford (Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley & Skipton)
Chester & North Wales
Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton,
Stratford and Warwick
Cumbria
Devon, Cornwall, Exeter, Taunton & Yeovil
Grimsby
Hull Outer
Kidderminster
Lincoln
Newcastle (other than City Centre)
Northampton & Leicester
Nottingham & Derbyshire
Plymouth
Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley
Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn,
Rawenstall & Nelson
Scarborough & Ripon
Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth
Teesside
Trowbridge
Weston
Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley
& Stourbridge
Worcester, Hereford, Evesham and Redditch
Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry
South & West Wales
 
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London Bands Grade *
Guideline Rates A B C D
City of London ** 342 247 189 116
Central London 263 200 163 105
Outer London (including Bromley, Croydon, Dartford, Gravesend and Uxbridge) 189-221 142-189 137 100

* There are four grades of fee earner:

  1. Solicitors with over 8 years post qualification experience including at least 8 years litigation experience.
  2. Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years post qualification experience including at least 4 years litigation experience.
  3. Other solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience.
  4. Trainee Solicitors, para legals and fee earners of equivalent experience.

Note: "legal executive" means a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

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Table of Counsel's Fees

Queens Bench 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £220 £385
Junior 5 - 1- years call £330 £655
Junior 10+ years call £500 £1,000

 

Chancery Division 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £250 £475
Junior 5 - 1- years call £425 £800
Junior 10+ years call £650 £1,200

 

Administrative Court 1 hour hearing ½ day hearing
Junior up to 5 years call £325 £500
Junior 5 - 1- years call £600 £1,000
Junior 10+ years call £850 £1,500

 

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Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs 2001

Midland and Oxford Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Birmingham Inner 22.01.01 158 123 80
Birmingham Outer 22.01.01 131 103 73
Coventry 13.11.00 135 114 80
Northampton 11.11.00 145 112 80
Oxford (Inner / Outer) 11.11.00 140 / 125 115 80
Nottingham & Derby 30.10.00 135 100 78
Leicester 30.10.00 124 96 74
Lincoln 27.11.00 130 100 78
Stafford 16.11.00 125 100 78
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Northern Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Liverpool 25.10.00 145 125 95
Birkenhead 3.11.00 145 125 95
Leigh 1.01.01 145 125 95
St Helens 3.11.00 145 125 95
Southport 3.11.00 140 120 90
Wigan 1.01.01 145 125 95
Manchester Central (** Please see note below) 25.10.00 155 / 123 97 77
Manchester Outer / Oldham / Stockport (** Please see note below) 25.10.00 155 / 123 97 77
Bolton & Bury / Preston / Kendal / Lancaster / Blackpool   140 112.50 90
Chorley 1.01.01 130 115 85
Cumbria 1.01.01 140 125 110
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Northern Eastern Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Newcastle - City Centre (within 2 miles radius of St Nicholas Cathedral 31.10.00 135 110 85
Newcastle (other than City Centre) 31.10.00 122 102 80
Teeside 23.11.00 122 105 80
Leeds 3.11.00 140 120 90
Bradford: (Dewsbury, Halifax & Huddersfield) 1.01.00 125 110 80
Bradford: (Keighley & Skipton) 1.01.00 125 110 80
Sheffield 25.01.01 120 - 140 105 75
Hull 30.10.00 140 - 150 120 - 130 80 - 90
Grimbsy 3.01.01 135 100 78
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Wales & Chester Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Chester & North Wales   110 - 140 86 - 108 55 - 97.50
Cardiff (Inner) 30.11.00 145 120 85
Swansea - South & West Wales, Cardiff (Outer) 30.11.00 125 115 80
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South Eastern Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
City of London RCJ 1.01.01 265 175 95
City of London CC *** 17.11.00 180 - 335 135 - 180 850 - 100
Central London RCJ Central 1.01.01 215 155 95
London CC *** 17.11.00 150 - 280 105 - 150 80 - 90
Outer London RCJ 1.01.01 170 125 90
Outer London CC *** 17.11.00 125 - 200 90 - 125 60 - 85
Lewes 1.12.00 150 130 85
Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epson   135 120 75
Luton, Milton Keynes   120 100 75
Watford   135 112.50 85
Chelmsford North: Cambridge 21.11.00 125 120 86.50
Cambridge City Centre 21.11.00 130 125 90
Norwich 21.11.00 130 105 70
Chelmsford South 1.11.00 135 115 90
Croydon 1.11.00 150 130 90
Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesend, Maidstone, Medway 1.02.01 150 140 85
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Western Circuit

Locality Grade of fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Devon, Cornwall & Exeter   120 100 75
Bristol, Taunton 1.12.00 145 125 80
Winchester 7.11.00 145 110 90

* There are three grades of fee earner:

  1. Solicitors with over 4 years post qualification experience.
  2. Other Solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience.
  3. Trainee Solicitors and fee earners of equivalent experience.
Note:- "legal executive" means a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

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Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs 1999

Midland and Oxford Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Birmingham Inner 153 108 84
Birmingham Outer 125 95 69
Coventry 135 114 80
Northampton 145 112 80
Oxford 115-135 105 75 prov
Nottingham 124 96 74
Lincoln 120 96 74
Stafford 120 95 74
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Northern Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Liverpool 140 120 90
Birkenhead 140 120 90
Leigh 125 95 75
St Helens 120-140 100-120 80-90
Southport 140 120 90
Wigan 125 95 75
Manchester Central 120 95 75
Manchester Outer/Oldham/Stockport 140 112.50 90
Bolton & Bury 140 112.50 90
Preston 120 105 80
Kendal/Lancaster/Blackpool/Chorley 120 105 80
Carlisle 120 85.50 71 prov
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North Eastern Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Newcatle - City Centre (within a 2 mile radius of St Nicholas Cathedral 120 150 75
Newcastle (not City Centre) 112.50 97.50 75
Teeside 120 105 75
Leeds 140 120 90
Bradford (Dewsbury, Halifax & Huddersfield) 110 100 75
Bradford (Keighley & Skipton) 120 105 75
Sheffield 125 100 75 prov
Hull 140-150 120-130 80-90
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Wales & Chester Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Chester & North Wales 110-140 86-108 55-97.50
Cardiff 110-140 75-110 55-75
Swansea 120 108 75
Leeds 140 120 90
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South Eastern Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
City of London RCJ 260 175 95 prov
City of London CC 180-335 135-180 85-100
Central London RCJ 215 155 85 prov
Central London CC 150-280 105-150 80-90
Outer London RCJ 162 110 80
Outer London CC 125-200 90-125 60-85
Lewes 145 120 85
Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epsom 135 120 75 prov
Luton, Milton Keynes 120 100 75
Watford 135 112.50 85
Chelmsford North: Cambridge 120.50 115.50 86.50
Cambridge City Centre 125 120 90
Norwich 125 100 65
Chelmsford South 130 110 90
Croydon 150 130 90
Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesend, Maidstone & Medway 140 130 70
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Western Circuit

Locality Grade of Fee earner*
  1 2 *3
Devon, Cornwall & Exeter 120 100 75
Bristol 125 94 63
Winchester 135 110 90

Key to Grades:

  1. Solicitors with over four years post qualification experience;
  2. Other Solicitors and legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience;
  3. Trainee Solicitors and fee earners of equivalent experience. 'Prov' denotes provisional figures which have not yet been finally agreed.

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