Hourly rates claimed substantially lower than published guideline rates, says judge

A judge has rejected a doctor’s complaint of “excessive charges” by lawyers when ordering him to pay legal costs of more than £80,000.

The accusation was made by Doctor Jayaprakash Gosalakkal against Browne Jacobson and its counsel, Richard Powell, after Employment Judge Heap ordered the costs payment totaling £82,930.

The costs order by Judge Heap, published on 24 August, is believed to be one of the highest ever recorded in an employment tribunal case.

Under rule 78 of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution & Rules of Procedure) Regulations 201...

John Vander Luit
Solicitors Journal

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