An application of ‘special circumstances’ under s70(10) Solicitors Act 1974

circumstances

In this appeal against a decision of Master Rowley in the SCCO Mr Justice Morris determined that special circumstances existed under s70(10) Solicitors Act 1974 by reason of the solicitors’ failure to provide a breakdown of work done upon the client’s request, such as to displace the usual one-fifth rule. The solicitors were accordingly ordered to pay the client’s costs of the assessment proceedings despite recovering their costs in full, by agreement.

PARISSIS v MATTHIAS GENTLE PAGE HASSAN LLP [2017] 3 COSTS LO 269