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Debt Management and Banking Manual

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Ordinary Cause: Table of Solicitors fees chargeable

Defended Ordinary Causes Table of Fees from 1 July 2006

| Description | Full fee
£ | Amount to be charged by Debt Management office (two thirds)
£ | || | 1 Instruction –
(a) To cover all work from commencement to the lodging of defences including copyings | 628.00 | 418.64 | | (b) Where separate statement of facts and counterclaim and answers lodged, additional fee of | 209.35 | 139.57 | | 3 Productions |   |   | | (a) For lodging productions – each inventory | 68.55 | 45.70 | | (b) For considering opponents productions – each inventory | 34.10 | 22.73 | | 4 Adjustment - To cover all work (except as otherwise specially provided for) in connection with the adjustment of the record, including making up and lodging certified copy record
(a) Agent for any party | 286.00 | 190.66 | | (b) If action settled before Options Hearing, each original party’s
agent | 171.45 | 114.30 | | (c) If additional defender brought in after Options Hearing, additional fee to each original party’s agent | 68.55 | 45.70 | | (d) If additional defender brought in after Options Hearing, additional fee to each original party’s agent | 91.45 | 60.97 | | 6. Options Hearing
(a) Where initial hearing does not exceed one half hour | 228.65 | 152.43 | | (b) Where initial hearing exceeds one half hour - for every extra quarter hour | 34.10 | 22.73 | | (c) Where hearing continued, for each continued hearing that does not exceed one half hour | 114.45 | 76.30 | | (d) Where continued hearing exceeds one half hour - for every extra quarter hour | 34.10 | 22.73 | | (e) For lodging and intimating or for considering note of the basis of preliminary plea - for each note lodged | 57.30 | 38.20 | | 7. Additional Procedure - for all work subsequent to Options Hearing including preparation for and attendance at procedural hearing
(a) where hearing does not exceed one half hour | 227.35 | 151.57 | | (b) for every extra quarter hour | 34.10 | 22.73 | | 8. Debate - (other than one evidence)
(a) Where counsel not employed
(i) To include preparation for all work in connection with any hearing or debate other than on evidence | 246.00 | 164.00 | | (ii) for every quarter hour engaged | 34.10 | 22.73 | | 13. Amendment of record
(a) (i) Fee to cover drawing, intimating and lodging minute of amendment and relative motion | 114.25 | 76.17 | | (ii) Fee for perusal of answers | 45.85 | 30.57 | | (iii) Fee for any court appearance necessary – per quarter hour | 30.75 | 20.50 | | (b) (i) Fee to opposing solicitor – for perusing minute of amendment | 91.45 | 60.97 | | (ii) Fee for preparation of answers | 45.85 | 30.57 | | (iii) Fee for any court appearance necessary – per quarter hour | 30.75 | 20.50 | | (c) Fee for adjustment of minute and answers where applicable to be allowed in addition to each party | 114.25 | 76.16 | | 14. Motions and minutes
(a) Fee to cover drawing, intimating and lodging any written motion or minute including a reponing note and relative attendances at court (except as otherwise specially provided for in this chapter)
(i) Where opposed | 160.30 | 106.87 | | (ii) Where unopposed (including for each party a joint minute other than under 20b) | 68.55 | 45.70 | | (b) Fee to cover considering opponent’s written motion, minute or reponing note, and attendance at court
(i) Where opposed | 160.30 | 106.87 | | (ii) Where unopposed | 68.55 | 45.70 |

Defended Ordinary Causes Table of Fees (Continued)

| 14A. Withdrawal of Solicitors
(a) Fee to cover all work in preparation for any diet (or any diets)
fixed under rule 24.2(1) and attendance at first such diet
(b) Fee for attendance at each additional such diet, per quarter hour | 114.25

30.75 76.16
20.50  
   
  16. Procedure preliminary to proof

(a) Fee to cover all work preparing for proof (except: as otherwise specially provided for in this Chapter)

(i) If action settled or abandoned not later than 14 days before the diet of proof 365.75 243.84  
  (ii) In any other case 662.80 441.86
  (b) Fee to cover preparing for adjourned diet and all incidental work as in (a) if diet postponed for more than 6 days, for each additional diet 148.75 99.17
  (c) Fee for attendance inspecting opponent’s documents – per quarter hour 34.10 22.73
  17. Conduct of proof    
(a) Conduct of proof and debate on evidence it taken at those of proof – per quarter hour 34.10 22.73
  21. Final procedure  
(b) Fee to cover drawing account of expenses, arranging, intimating and attending diet of taxation and obtaining approval of auditor’s report and where necessary, ordering, procuring and examining extract decree or adjusting account with opponent  
148.75  
99.17