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Explanation of 14 day notices

Please be aware that these are guidelines only, we cannot offer any legal advice.
You are strongly recommended to seek legal advice from a legally trained professional

If you have received a 14 day notice.

  • You have received this notice because there has been a Court Order made stating that you must pay the legal costs of the other side.
  • The Taxing Master has the task of assessing the costs claimed by the solicitor and deciding whether they are correct and fair for the work done.
  • Because you have an interest in these costs you are invited to be present when the Master does this assessment at a taxation hearing, which is why you have been sent a copy of the bill. You are under no obligation to arrange a hearing.
  • Please be aware that there will be VAT and Stamp Duty added to the total figure payable at the end of the taxation/assessment process.
  • Please note that our office is only concerned with the amount of costs claimed, and unfortunately cannot be of assistance with regards to your financial position or whether you feel you should not have to pay these costs.

If you wish to arrange a hearing.

  • If you do decide to take this opportunity you must notify the office in writing within 14 days of receiving the notice and bill, giving your contact details.
  • The office will contact you to arrange a suitable time and date to arrange the hearing which will take place at our offices in Bedford House, Bedford Street, Belfast.
  • If you have arranged a hearing but do not attend please be aware that you will not receive any notification from this office of the outcome of the hearing.
  • If you do attend the arranged hearing you will receive no further notification from us after the hearing.
  • The Master can only take into account views expressed at hearing i.e. written submissions will not be accepted.

If you do not wish to proceed to hearing.

  • If our office has not heard from you within 14 days the bill will proceed to taxation/assessment by the Taxing Master.
  • You will not be informed by this office of the assessment figures.

After Assessment.

  • The solicitors for the other side will receive a Certificate for these figures which states the amount that you are liable to pay (known as Party & Party amount). Please note that our involvement in the case ends at this stage.
  • Please be advised that we do not have any involvement with the collection of payment. If the other side was entitled to Legal Aid, the Legal Services Commission will contact you to recover the costs. It is the responsibility of the Solicitors for the other side to inform the Legal Services Commission of these costs.

NB. If you are a solicitor who has received a 14 day notice this is because your address was supplied to us as a contact for your client. You will need to pass this notice on to the client concerned.