The Civil Justice Council Final Report on Guideline Hourly Rates

Following the Interim Report coming out in January this year and the consultation which followed, the Final Report can be found here:

In essence, it recommends that the following Guideline Hourly Rates be adopted:

Guideline hourly rates

Grade Fee earner London 1 London 2 London 3 National 1 National 2
A Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience £512 £373 £282 £261 £255
B Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience £348 £289 £232 £218 £218
C Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience £270 £244 £185 £178 £177
D Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners £186 £139 £129 £126 £126


Band Area Postcodes
London 1 Very heavy commercial and corporate work by centrally based London firms Not restricted to any London postcode
London 2 City & Central London – other work EC1-EC4, W1, WC1, WC2 &amp: SW1
London 3 Outer London All other London Boroughs, plus Dartford & Gravesend

National 1:

  1. The counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire (& Isle of Wight), Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Suffolk, Surrey and Wiltshire.
  2. Birkenhead, Birmingham Inner, Bristol, Cambridge City, Cardiff Inner, Leeds Inner (within 2km of City Art Gallery), Liverpool, Manchester Central, Newcastle City Centre (within 2m of St Nicholas Cathedral), Norwich City and Nottingham City.

National 2:

All places not included in London 1-3 and National 1

Categories of fee earners are as follows:

  1. Solicitors with over eight years post qualification experience including at least eight years’  litigation experience and Fellows of CILEX with 8 years’ post-qualification
  2. Solicitors and Fellows of CILEX with over four years’ post qualification experience including at least four years litigation experience.
  3. Other solicitors and Fellows of CILEX and fee earners of equivalent
  4. Trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives, paralegals and other fee

Qualified Costs Lawyers will be eligible for payment as grades B or C depending on the complexity of the work done.

Employed barristers’ rates should be allowed at the grade which best reflects the length of their litigation experience.

“Legal executive” means a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Those who are not Fellows of the Institute are not entitled to call themselves legal executives and in principle are therefore not entitled to the same hourly rate as a legal executive.

Clerks without the equivalent experience of legal executives will be treated as being in the bottom grade of fee earner i.e. trainee solicitors, paralegals and fee earners of equivalent experience. Whether or not a fee earner has equivalent experience is ultimately a matter for the discretion of the court.

BarnsChapel will retain our current hourly rate of £150 until the end of 2021, and in respect of matters funded by way of a CFA, to reduce our charges pro rata in accordance with the percentage reductions our clients achieve upon settlement or assessment.

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