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County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Solicitor ’s costsPercentage or Commission in lieu of Solicitor’s Costs in Suits by Civil Bill or Petition

If in any suit, having regard to its nature and circumstances, it appears to the Judge, on the application of the solicitor having carriage of the proceedings, or of the solicitor for any party interested in the suit, that it is expedient that a percentage or commission should be allowed as remuneration to the solicitor or solicitors for his or their services in each suit, in lieu of ordinary costs therein, he may make such allowance, subject to the following provisions, that is to say—

(a)The percentage or commission in any such suit shall be calculated upon the value of the subject matter of the suit.

(b)The application for such allowance may be made at any hearing of a suit or by interlocutory application.

(c)In case of the death or change of the solicitor on whose application such allowance has been made, or for any other cause, the Judge may subsequently vary such direction, and order that any costs properly and necessarily incurred in the suit are to be ascertained in the usual way.

(d)The allowance of a percentage or commission in lieu of costs shall not prejudice or restrict the exercise by the Judge of the jurisdiction to allow or disallow costs to any party in any suit.

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