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Taking the Legal Jargon out of Legal Fees

Time for Plain Language
Some of the terms used by lawyers are sometimes, we think, not designed with clients in mind. We've tried to explain some of the terms that you might ...
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Were you charged an ATE Premium?

What is an ATE policy and did really need it?
An ATE policy is a policy of insurance taken out to cover the risk of losing your case and having to pay the opponent's costs. The ATE premium is the ...
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Common Words and Terms in Legal Fees

The field of legal fees, just like the law generally, is full of jargon that can be difficult to understand. Here we explain in hopefully straightforw...
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Just because your solicitors say it is too late to challenge their bill, don’t take their word for it

The solicitors argued that the client was largely out of time to challenge bills
Masters v Charles Fussell & Co LLP [2021] EWHC B1 (Costs) (11 January 2021) See the full judgment here https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Costs/...
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It’s not just the amount of the solicitor’s fees that a court can reduce. Court uses its powers under the Solicitors Act 1974 to disallows a barrister’s fee of £18k inc VAT, and the entirety of a bill of £17,100

Counsel's fee of £18k inc VAT disallowed
Murray & Anor v Richard Slade and Company Ltd [2021] EWHC B3 (Costs) (29 January 2021) Link to full judgment https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/...
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