Help revise the guideline hourly rates (GHR) for solicitors by sharing your costs assessments data with the Guideline Hourly Rates Costs Committee.

GHRs have not been revised since 2010. A working group has been set up to conduct an evidence-based review of the basis and amount of the GHRs.

The working group wants to know what is allowed on detailed assessments (including provisional assessments) undertaken by:

  • regional costs judges
  • Senior Courts Costs Office judges and authorised court officers.

Your professional experience will help inform the group’s recommendations to the Civil Justice Council and the Deputy Head of Civil Justice.

It hopes to produce a draft report for full consultation by the end of 2020.

How to take part

Complete the two forms below, with details of all the assessments on which you have, or will have, evidence – not just on selected cases.

  • Form 1  – assessments between 1 April 2019 and 31 August 2020
  • Form 2  – assessments between 1 September and 27 November 2020

If you’ve already been contacted by another professional organisation, do not duplicate evidence about individual assessments.

Your data will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Form 1 

For assessments between 1 April 2019 and 31 August 2020, email your completed form to CJC.GHR@judiciary.uk.

The deadline is 31 October 2020.

If you collect such information, you can provide (in addition, or instead of the form) an extract or report including extra details on:

  • what was claimed by the receiving party 
  • what was offered by the paying party
  • (if the hourly rates were assessed / agreed) what was assessed or agreed in terms of preparation time, letters written and so on.

You can also use this form to record evidence of agreement reached between legal professionals as to hourly rates, whether or not there has been an assessment by a judge.

Form 2

For assessments between 1 September 2020 and 27 November 2020, you can either:

Further feedback

The completed forms should be sent directly to the costs committee (details above), but any further feedback or comments on guideline hourly rates can be sent to CivilJusticePolicy@lawsociety.org.uk.