The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has published its long-awaited report on guideline hourly rates (GHR), setting out recommendations for a “simplified scheme” with “modest” increases proposed. 

It also recommended changes to areas London 1 and London 2; and that national band 3 should disappear and be merged into band 2.

GHRs have remained statics for more than a decade and judges have made clear that in their present form, they are antiquated and not fit for purpose.

Responding to the CJC report Sean Linley, a costs draftsman at Carter Burnett, said the consultation paper will make “many welcome observations”.

The consultation, opened on 8 January, will close on 31 March 202...

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