Response to Report on GHR published

Master of the Rolls’ decision and Committee’s report on Guideline Hourly Rates 

The Master of the Rolls has published his response to the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee’s comprehensive report on Guideline Hourly Rates, rejecting the committee’s findings and determining there should be no change to the guideline hourly rates which were last updated in 2010 due to an in sufficiently strong foundation of evidence. He did however accept several of the Committee’s recommendations, including that:

  • There should not be an additional Grade A star
  • Separate GHR bands specific to specialist fields of civil litigation should not be introduced
  • Separate rates should not be introduced for detailed assessments of costs, but that there should be greater flexibility in detailed assessments than would ordinarily be shown in summary assessments

Two positive changes which will be introduced in October 2014 are that:

  • Grade A fee earners will include Fellows of CILEX with 8 years’ post-qualification experience
  • Costs Lawyers who are suitably qualified and subject to regulation will be eligible for payment at GHR Grades C or B, depending on the complexity of the work
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