Guidance

Solicitors' guideline hourly rates

Guideline figures for carrying out a summary assessment of court costs, listed by pay band and grade for different parts of the country.

Guideline hourly rates

Pay band Fee earner London grade 1 London grade 2 London grade 3 National grade 1 National grade 2 National grade 3
A Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience £409 £317 £229–£267 £217 £201 £201
B Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience £296 £242 £172–£229 £192 £177 £177
C Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience £226 £196 £165 £161 £146 £146
D Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners £138 £126 £121 £118 £111 £111

These are the guideline rates in effect from 2010. Find out previous guideline rates for 1999–2009.

London grades

London grade Area Postcodes
London grade 1 City of London EC1–EC4
London grade 2 Central London W1, WC1, WC2 and SW1
London grade 3 Outer London all other London postcodes

National grade 1

Covers the following areas:

  • Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth (incl Poole)
  • Birmingham Inner
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge City, Harlow
  • Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway, Tunbridge Wells
  • Cardiff (Inner)
  • Chelmsford South, Essex, East Suffolk
  • Fareham, Winchester
  • Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight
  • Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epsom
  • Leeds Inner (within 2km of City Art Gallery)
  • Lewes
  • Liverpool, Birkenhead
  • Manchester Central
  • Newcastle - City Centre (within 2m of St Nicholas Cathedral)
  • Norwich City
  • Nottingham City
  • Oxford, Thames Valley
  • Southampton, Portsmouth
  • Swindon, Basingstoke
  • Watford

National grade 2

Covers the following areas:

  • Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Yeovil
  • Bury
  • Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds, Norfolk, Lowestoft
  • Chester, North Wales
  • Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stratford, Warwick
  • Exeter, Plymouth
  • Hull (City)
  • Leeds Outer, Wakefield, Pontefract
  • Leigh
  • Lincoln
  • Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin, Hertford
  • Manchester Outer, Oldham, Bolton, Tameside
  • Newcastle (other than City Centre)
  • Nottingham, Derbyshire
  • Sheffield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Southport
  • St Helens
  • Stockport, Altrincham, Salford
  • Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)
  • Wigan
  • Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Stourbridge
  • York, Harrogate

National grade 3

Covers the following areas:

  • Birmingham Outer
  • Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Skipton
  • Cumbria
  • Devon, Cornwall
  • Grimsby, Skegness
  • Hull Outer
  • Kidderminster
  • Northampton, Leicester
  • Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rawenstall, Nelson
  • Scarborough, Ripon
  • Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth
  • Teesside
  • Worcester, Hereford, Evesham, Redditch
  • Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry
  • South and West Wales

National grades: A–Z by area

Area Grade
Accrington 3
Aldershot 1
Altrincham 2
Basingstoke 1
Bath 2
Bedford 2
Birkenhead 1
Birmingham Inner 1
Birmingham Outer 3
Blackburn 3
Blackpool 3
Bolton 2
Bournemouth 1
Bradford 3
Bristol 1
Burnley 3
Bury 2
Bury St Edmunds 2
Cambridge City 1
Cambridge County 2
Canterbury 1
Cardiff (Inner) 1
Cardiff (Outer) 2
Chelmsford North 2
Chelmsford South 1
Cheltenham 2
Chester 2
Chorley 3
Cornwall 3
Coventry 2
Cumbria 3
Derbyshire 2
Devon 3
Dewsbury 3
Doncaster 2
Dorset 1
Dudley 2
Epsom 1
Essex 1
Evesham 3
Exeter 2
Fareham 1
Farnham 1
Gloucester 2
Grimsby 3
Guildford 1
Halifax 3
Hampshire 1
Harlow 1
Harrogate 2
Hereford 3
Hertford 2
Hitchin 2
Huddersfield 3
Hull (City) 2
Hull Outer 3
Isle of Wight 1
Keighley 3
Kidderminster 3
Kingston 1
Lancaster 3
Leeds Inner (within 2km of City Art Gallery) 1
Leeds Outer 2
Leicester 3
Leigh 2
Lewes 1
Lincoln 2
Liverpool 1
Lowestoft 2
Ludlow 3
Luton 2
Maidstone 1
Manchester Central 1
Manchester Outer 2
Medway 1
Nelson 3
Newcastle - City Centre (within 2m of St Nicholas Cathedral) 1
Newcastle (other than City Centre) 2
Newport 2
Norfolk 2
Northampton 3
Norwich City 1
Nottingham 2
Nottingham City 1
Nuneaton 2
Oldham 2
Oswestry 3
Oxford 1
Peterborough 2
Plymouth 2
Pontefract 2
Poole 1
Portsmouth 1
Preston 3
Rawenstall 3
Redditch 3
Reigate 1
Ripon 3
Rugby 2
St Albans 2
St Helens 2
Salford 2
Scarborough 3
Sheffield 2
Shrewsbury 3
Skegness 3
Skipton 3
South Yorkshire 2
Southampton 1
Southport 2
Stafford 3
Stockport 2
Stoke 3
Stourbridge 2
Stratford 2
Suffolk, East 1
Swansea 2
Swindon 1
Tameside 2
Tamworth 3
Taunton 2
Teesside 3
Telford 3
Thames Valley 1
Tunbridge Wells 1
Wakefield 2
Wales, North 2
Wales, South 3
Wales, West 3
Walsall 2
Warwick 2
Watford 1
Wigan 2
Wiltshire 1
Winchester 1
Wolverhampton 2
Worcester 3
Yeovil 2
York 2
Published 19 April 2010