Preparation

All charges for time spent in preparation must be supported by a detailed narrative recording the work done.

Preparation can be defined as being work undertaken by you to ensure that you enter the court with all the necessary papers. This this preparation can, include:

  • The general marshalling of case papers.
  • Ensuring correct citation of any witnesses.
  • Ensuring you have a firm grasp of the facts of the case.

Preparation does not include:

  • Perusal of documents for which there is a separate charge.
  • Revisiting documents, in respect of which a perusal or framing charge has already been made.
  • Any work in respect of which there is a specific charge, e.g. a meeting, correspondence, framing or telephone call etc.

Care should be taken to identify the actual work carried out in respect of any claim for preparation by adding an appropriate narrative to this item in the account.

We cannot consider a global or “standard” entry for unspecified preparation in an account.  In these circumstances, we will usually:

  • Restrict such entries.
  • Request sight of your detailed file notes and / or complete file.

Researching the Law

You are expected to be up-to-date with the substantive and procedural law in relation to the matter on which you have elected to accept instructions.  Any charges made in this respect will not be met.

Only in exceptional cases, where a novel, developing, unusual or complex point of law arises, requiring legal research, will consideration be given to paying any charges.  You must provide full details of the area of law researched and why it should be considered as exceptional.

This is distinct from the perusal of case law provided in support of one of the other party’s submissions, for which a reasonable perusal time will be considered.

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