New Guideline Hourly Rates

Guideline Hourly Rates for 2010

31 March 2010
The Master of the Rolls has now considered the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Costs further, and also additional material put to him by the Committee.

On the basis of the evidence available to him, the Master of the Rolls has decided to accept the Committee’s recommendation that the 2009 Guideline Hourly Rates should be increased (in line with inflation) by 1.7% for 2010. The intention is that this should take effect from 1st April 2010.

25 February 2010

The Master of the Rolls is presently considering the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs' recommendation to uprate the interim Guideline Hourly Rates for 2010 whilst they come to a final conclusion on the outstanding issues identified in the paper 'The Derivation of New Guideline Hourly Rates'. He has asked the Committee to provide additional information explaining their recommendation. In the meantime the interim Guideline Hourly Rates for 2009 continue to apply for work done since 1 January 2010.


23 December 2009
The Master of the Rolls has decided to wait until after publication of Sir Rupert Jackson's report of his review of Civil Litigation Costs before deciding whether to make any changes to the current Guideline Hourly Rates. That report is due to be published on 14 January 2010.


New guideline hourly rate for 2009

New guideline hourly rates came into operation on 1 January 2009.  Guideline hourly rates are used as a starting point for judges carrying out summary assessment of costs.  Summary assessment is the procedure by which the court, when making an order about costs, orders payment of a sum of money instead of fixed costs or ‘detailed assessment'.

  • New hourly rates (PDF 8kb)

    These interim rates were recommended to the Master of the Rolls by the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs and have been approved for use by him.
  • Master of the Rolls letter (PDF 18kb)

    They are based on data collected in a survey of solicitors and other interested parties and evidence provided to the Committe
  • How the rates were calculated (PDF 86kb)

    Explanatory letter from Stephen Nickell, the Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford, to the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, dated 9 December 2008