GUIDELINE HOURLY RATES: WORKING GROUP REPORT NOW PUBLISHED: READ THE REPORT AND RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION

The Civil Justice Council Working Group Report of Guideline Hourly Rates has been published and is available here .

THE REPORT

The guideline hourly rates were last increased in 2010.  A series of reports since that time have led to no discussion but no change in the rates.

The report considers that basis of the Guideline Hourly rate, it then sets out its methodology, reviews the evidence received and gives its conclusions.

THE PROPOSED RATES

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD

The working group welcomes any comments on the contents of this draft report. In particular comments are sought on:

(i) The methodology used by the working group.
(ii) The recommended changes to areas London 1 and London 2.
(iii) The recommended GHRs set out in paragraph 4.18 of this report.
(iv) Specifically, whether the rate of £186 for London 1 Grade D is too high; if so, at what rate it should be set and why?
(v) The recommended changes to the geographical areas in section 5 of this report and the recommendation to have two national bands.
(vi) Should the working group recommend that the Civil Procedure Rule Committee be requested to consider amending the summary assessment form N260 and the information provided on the detailed assessment bill – the amendment would be to require the signatory to specify the location of the fee earners carrying out the work.
(vii) The recommended revisions to the text of the Guide in Appendix J

TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION

the consultation period closes at 4pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Comments/information received after that time and date will not be considered.

The link is available here.