n Without Prejudice - The recovery of fees and disbursements in successful pro bono litigation : pro bono
|Article Title||The recovery of fees and disbursements in successful pro bono litigation : pro bono|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Author||Nicki Van't Riet, Liesl Williams and Aneesa Bodiat|
|Publication Date||Jul 2012|
|Pages||22 - 23|
The issue of whether attorneys are permitted to recover costs in successful pro bono litigation has been debated, without resolution, for years. As a general rule, in ordinary matters fees and disbursements are awarded to a litigant and not the attorney. In a pro bono matter the litigant would have incurred disbursements only and it is the attorney who is out of pocket for the fees. It is, therefore, only the disbursements incurred by a client that are generally recoverable.
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