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Ralph Hume Garry (a firm) v Gwillim

Costs-Solicitors - Gross sum bill for contentious work - Client solicitor claimed that fee notes rendered monthly for professional services by his solicitors were not bills bona fide complying with Solicitors Act 1974 because they did not give adequate description of the work done - Client failed to show that there was no sufficient narrative in bills to identify what he was being charged for and that he did not have sufficient knowledge from other documents or from what he had been told reasonably to decide whether or not to apply for taxation - Bills were bills bona fide complying with Act - Solicitors Act 1974, ss 64, 69

1 November 2002

G was a solicitor and a partner in the firm WF. He became embroiled in a dispute with his partners and instructed the respondent firm RHG to act on his behalf to extricate him from the WF partnership and to recover the sums due to him on the taking of the necessary accounts. It was agreed that RHG would bill monthly at agreed hourly rates. G issued proceedings against WF for dissolution of the partnership. The proceedings were stayed for arbitration. The arbitrator found that WF had been dissolved. He ordered G to pay the costs of the arbitration in the sum of £200,000. On taking the account the arbitrator found that G was entitled to £84,000. RHG claimed fees of over £200,000, of which only £87,883 was paid, by way of monthly bills which were gross sums bills under s 64 of the Solicitors Act 1974. G counterclaimed for damages for professional negligence by RHG in the conduct of proceedings on his behalf. Before trial G applied to strike out RHG’s claim for its fees on the ground...

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