ABWOR and our assessment of fees for preparation: specific information required

We cannot properly consider claims for preparation where the narrative contains little or no information describing the nature of the work done.  You should provide a detailed supporting narrative outlining:

  • The nature of the actual work undertaken.
  • The actual time spent.

It is not appropriate to claim a standard time charge for preparation.

You must give us enough information in every case to allow us to form an objective view as to whether:

  • Fees for any preparatory work undertaken are necessary and reasonable having regard to the particular circumstances of the case and the actual work done.
  • The work done was necessary.
  • The time taken to do the work was reasonable.

Giving us this information also enables us to objectively identify inappropriate claims for preparation.

We would consider the following inappropriate:

  • Where you were merely checking over and re-familiarising yourself with the file or whole material or documentation already perused and claimed for elsewhere in the account.
  • Where you were considering the legislation or case law, which is a non-chargeable activity.

You should be in a position to produce a detailed note or record that you have retained on file, summarising the nature of the work done and time spent during preparation.

You should retain and produce, if requested, any contemporaneous record or notes made during preparation

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