Do not be surprised if your clients complain if you fail to provide them with the best information about the costs to be incurred during the life of a case.

In some instances, the complaints can lead to a solicitor client assessment as occurred in Reynolds v Stone Rowe Brewer [2008] EWHC 497 (QB) and Mastercigars Direct Ltd v Withers LLP [2008] 3 ALL ER 417.

In Reynolds, the solicitors (SRB) confirmed by way of costs estimate that: “If the matter did proceed through to a trial, it is more than likely that your costs would be in the region of £10,000 to £18,000 plus VAT, and this is only of course an estimate which could be increased depending on how strenuously the matter is defended.”

Over a six month period, SRB advi...

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