Solicitor & Client Disputes

This is often an area of Costs Law which is overlooked until the day that a client wishes to challenge their solicitor’s legal fees. It is important to note some key facts regarding Solicitor & Client disputes:

  1. The relevant Act is the Solicitors Act 1974 (Part III).
     
  2. A paying party has an automatic right to an assessment before the expiration of one month from the delivery of a solicitor’s bill or invoice.
     
  3. If the bill has been paid, judgment obtained or 12 months has passed since the bill was delivered, the Court should make no order for costs to be assessed, except in special circumstances.
     
  4. If the solicitor’s fees are assessed and such costs are reduced by one fifth or more, then the solicitor will pay the costs of the assessment, otherwise the client will pay the costs. If the solicitor made the application and the party chargeable does not attend then this rule may not apply and the Judge has discretion to make such order as they may think fit.

If you require any assistance or advice on challenging or defending costs between solicitor and client then we are on hand to help.

Key Contacts
Nicholas Lee
Costs Lawyer and Director of Costs
Bristol
01179309528
Claire Tomlin
Costs Lawyer
Bristol
01179309529
07557 045826
Lucy Baldwin
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9536
Janina Muromceva
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9532
Elizabeth Elliott
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9521
Nathan West
Accounts Administrator
Bristol
0117 930 9525
Fiona Dumolo
Costs Lawyer
Bristol
0117 930 9539
Tracy Crocker
Secretary
Bristol
0117 930 9595
Megan Roxburgh
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9524
Richie Rees
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9594
Marc Harris
Costs Draftsman
Bristol
0117 930 9569
Natasha Baker
Costs Administrator
Bristol
0117 930 9505
Brooke Sullivan
Costs Administrator
Bristol
0117 930 9509