Challenging Your Solicitor's Bill
For all bills payable to your own solicitor, you can ask the court to assess the amount payable. With non-contentious agreements (where proceedings have not begun before the court or an arbitrator), the court can set the agreement aside if it is found to be unfair or unreasonable. With contentious agreements (where proceedings have begun), the court can assess the proper amount payable. The process of applying for detailed assessment is fairly simple, but understanding how to write a “Points of Dispute” for the detailed bill which your solicitor will produce, is much more complex and is usually best done by a costs expert like Routh Clarke. For examples of bad practice, visit our Solicitor bad practice pages and this may help you to understand the ways in which a solicitor’s charges may not be entirely what they seem.