oa De Rebus - Calculating legal costs - changing the way we charge : feature

Volume 2014, Issue 546
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Clause 35 of the Legal Practice Bill (the Bill) will lead to the close scrutiny of the charging of legal fees by attorneys and advocates, as well as the criteria used for calculating them by the professions and officialdom.

Anxiety was expressed in this regard by a number of prominent members of the advocates' and attorneys' professions in the August issue of in the article 'The LPB, costs and fees scrutinised at LSNP workshop' (2014 (Aug) 6). The party-and-party tariffs prescribed by the Minister for litigious matters, have always been viewed with great scepticism by most members of the attorneys' profession. Where the tariffs fall short, the short-fall is simply made up by charging attorney-and-client fees.

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