SUPREME COURT TAXING OFFICE

 

                                    PRACTICE DIRECTION

 

 

2008 No.2

 

 

PLEADING AND INTERLOCUTORY MATTERS: COUNSELS  FEES

 

1.       The list of fees allowed to counsel in relation to miscellaneous drafting and interlocutory fees has been reviewed by the Master. A list of the revised fees is set out below.

 

2.       The revised fees will apply with effect from 1 April 2008 in respect of all instructions and briefs delivered on or after that date.

 

3.       As before, the fees specified are those regarded by the Master as justified on taxation in the normal run of cases where the item has been dealt with by counsel properly. Other than in the case of fees for attendance at consultations, each fee covers all necessary perusal of papers in connection with the item.

 

4.       These fees are designed to provide a convenient and reasonable basis for the marking and allowance of fees in the normal run of business. A lower fee may be appropriate if the item has not been dealt with comprehensively or was unusually simple, or where more than one item has been dealt with simultaneously. If any higher amount has been claimed it will need to be specifically justified on taxation.

 

5.       Finally, it should be noted that the fees on the list do not apply to matrimonial proceedings.

 

 

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FEES FOR PLEADINGS AND INTERLOCUTORY MATTERS

 

CHANCERY DIVISION

                                                                                                               £

Writ                                                                                                     35.00

Statement of Claim                                                                    105.00

Defence                                                                                               80.00

Defence and Counterclaim                                                                  105.00

Reply and Defence to Counterclaim                                                      60.00

Reply                                                                                                   30.00

 

ORIGINATING PROCEEDINGS

                                                                                                               £

Originating Summons or Notice of Motion                                            60.00

Brief on Hearing of Summons or on Ex-parte application                       95.00

Minute of Judgment                                                                              70.00

Motion for Judgment                                                                          120.00

 

PROCEEDINGS BY PETITION

 

Petition or Answer                                                                                80.00

Other Pleadings                                                                                    60.00

Brief on Hearing of Summons or Motion                                               95.00

 

QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION

 

Writ (generally endorsed)                                                            30.00

Writ (specially endorsed)                                                                      70.00

Statement of Claim

          (running down non-fatal)                                                             75.00

          (all other cases)                                                                         100.00

Defence                                                                                               70.00

Defence with Particulars                                                                        75.00

Defence and Counterclaim                                                                    85.00

Reply and Defence to Counterclaim                                                      70.00

Reply (simple)                                                                                      15.00

Third Party Notice                                                                                70.00

Brief on Ex-parte Hearing                                                            70.00

Brief on Hearing of Summons or Motion                                             100.00

Brief on Hearing of minor settlement                                                    100.00

 

 

 

FAMILY DIVISION

 

 

PROBATE

 

Motion Paper                                                                                       85.00

Motion                                                                                                 85.00

Writ                                                                                                     40.00

Brief on Ex-parte Hearing                                                            80.00

Brief on Hearing of Summons or Motion                                               95.00

Statement of Claim or Defence                                                              95.00

Defence and Counterclaim                                                                    85.00

Reply and Defence to Counterclaim                                                      55.00

Reply (simple)                                                                                      15.00

 

BANKRUPTCY

 

Examination of witnesses                                                                    130.00

 

 


GENERAL

                                                                                                               £  

Affidavits                                                                                             55.00

Notice of Motion/Summons                                                                  40.00

Notice for Particulars

or Answer thereto                                                                       55.00

Notice to Admit Facts                                                                          60.00

Replies to Notice to Admit Facts                                                          60.00

Interrogatories and Answers                                                                  90.00

 

*Proofs (Liability Admitted)

          Senior                                                                                      200.00

          Junior                                                                                       170.00

 

*Proofs (Liability Denied)

          Senior                                                                                      290.00

          Junior                                                                                       240.00

 

Supplementary Advice where necessary (Senior)                                 225.00

Supplementary Advice where necessary (Junior)                                  185.00

 

*Opinions, liability and quantum                                                          170.00

          Liability only                                                                             125.00

          Quantum only                                                                           125.00

          Further                                                                                        75.00

 

*Notice of Appeal                                                                                80.00

 

Consultation up to one hour

          Senior                                                                                      170.00

          Thereafter per ½ hour                                                                 70.00

 

Consultation up to one hour

          Junior                                                                                       115.00

          Thereafter per ½ hour                                                                 45.00

 

 

*to include consultation (if any)

 

 

 

                             Dated this 20th day of March 2008

 

 

 

 

                             JOHN W BAILIE

                             MASTER