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Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment) (Fees of Solicitors) 2014

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CHAPTER 1TABLE OF DETAILED CHARGES

1.  Framing documents

£
(a)

Framing precognitions and other papers (but not including affidavits, witness summaries and witness statements), per sheet

19.50
(b)

Framing formal documents such as inventories and title pages, etc., per sheet

9.75
(c)

Framing affidavits and (where ordered by the court) witness summaries and witness statements, per sheet

39.00
(d)

Framing accounts of expenses, per sheet

19.50

Note:

Where a skilled witness prepares his or her own precognition or report, the solicitor shall be allowed for perusing it (whether or not in the course of so doing he or she revises or adjusts it), half of the framing fee per sheet.

2.  Copying

For the copying of papers by whatever means—

(a)

where a copy is required to be lodged, or sent, in pursuance of any of rules 4.7, 22.1 and 22.3, such charge as the Auditor may from time to time determine (and the Auditor may make different provision for different classes of case); and

(b)

in any other case, if the Auditor determines (either or both) that—

(i)

the copying had to be done in circumstances which were in some way exceptional;

(ii)

the papers which required to be copied were unusually numerous having regard to the nature of the cause,

  • such charge, if any, as the Auditor considers reasonable (but a charge based on time expended by any person in copying shall not be allowed)

Note:

1. Where a determination is required under subparagraph (b), the purpose of copying, the number of copies made and the charge claimed shall be shown in the account.

2. Copying done other than in the place of business of the solicitor shall be shown as an outlay.

3.  Revising

Papers drawn by counsel or other person having a right of audience, open and closed records, etc., for each five sheets or part of a sheet

9.75

4.  Citation of parties, witnesses, havers and instructions to messenger-at-arms

(a)

Each party

19.50
(b)

Each witness or haver

19.50
(c)

Instructing messenger-at-arms including examining, execution and settling fee

19.50

5.  Time charge

(a)

Preparation for proof, jury trial or any other hearing at court, per quarter hour (or such other sum as in the opinion of the Auditor is justified)

39.00
(b)

Attendance at meetings, proof, jury trial or any other hearing at court including waiting time, or consultation with counsel or other person having a right of audience, per quarter hour (or such other sum as in the opinion of the Auditor is justified)

39.00
(c)

Perusal of documents per quarter hour (or such other sum as in the opinion of the Auditor is justified)

39.00
(d)

Allowance for time of clerk, one-half of the above

(e)

Attendance at Office of Court—

(i)

for making up and lodging process

19.50
(ii)

for lodging all first steps of process

19.50
(iii)

for performance of formal work (other than work under head (ii))

9.75

Note:

In the event of a party in a proof or jury trial being represented by one counsel or other person having a right of audience only, allowance may be made to the solicitor should the case warrant it, for the attendance of a clerk at one-half the rate chargeable for the attendance of the solicitor.

6.  Correspondence

(a)

Letters including instruction to counsel or other person having a right of audience (whether sent by hand, post, telex or facsimile transmission), each page of 125 words

19.50
(b)

Formal letters

4.88
(c)

Telephone calls (except under subparagraph (d))

9.75
(d)

Telephone calls (lengthy), to be charged at attendance rate

Note:

In relation to subparagraph (d), whether a telephone call is “lengthy” will be determined by the Auditor.

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