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Jemma Trust Co Ltd v Liptrott

4 October 2002

Solicitors - Wills - Costs - Administration of estate - Hourly rates claimed by solicitors justified and allowable as claimed - Solicitors not also entitled to value element when administering large estate H died in 1993. The value of his estate exceeded £9m. The day to day work involved in winding-up his estate was carried out by M, who was a barrister called to the Bar in 1978 and very experienced in that sort of work. He was an associate of the defendant solicitors (as he was not admitted as a solicitor he could not be a partner). The claimant brought proceedings against H’s executors and against the solicitors seeking an account of the administration. In 2001 a master made an order that the costs of the administration of the estate be assessed by the court. In February 2002 the master also ordered the estate to pay the costs of the defendants in relation to the proceedings, such costs to be assessed if not agreed. On the assessment preliminary issues were tried as to (1) the ...

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