I often find myself needing to find out the appropriate Guideline hourly rates. It may help if I have these pinned to the blog. These are from the Gov.UK guidance updated on 4 January 2024 available here.


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 £546 £398 £301 £278 £272
B Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience £371 £308 £247 £233 £233
C Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience £288 £260 £197 £190 £189
D Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners £198 £148 £138 £134 £134

These are the guideline rates in effect from 1 January 2024. You can find the previous guideline rates that were in effect from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2023.

London bands

London band Area Postcodes
London 1 Very heavy commercial and corporate work by centrally based London firms Not restricted to any particular London postcode
London 2 City and Central London EC1 to 4, W1, WC1, WC2 and SW1
London 3 Outer London All other London boroughs, plus Dartford and Gravesend