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Value for money

Charges for non-contentious business reviewed, by Michael Bacon

21 November 2003

“We cannot agree with the judge that the time has come when charges by reference to the value of the estate should no longer be made by the profession”. This was the Court of Appeal’s conclusion when it was asked to consider the validity of the determination of Costs Judge Rogers in Jemma Trust Co Ltd v Liptrott [2003] EWCA Civ 1476; (2003) 147 SJLB 1275, 07.11.03. Judge Rogers had held that there is now no room for a separate valuation charge in non-contentious business because, despite the authorities, it was now anachronistic and wrong to include an element of value since hourly rates were invariably calculated on the basis of time recording material which was more sophisticated than in the 1970s. Surprising decision Some commentators were surprised when Judge Rogers’ original decision first became known. His conclusion that time should form the basis of non-contentious business charges in this day and age flew in the face of all known case la...

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