High Court Decision - Bell and Petelow
High Court Decision - Bell and Petelow
Recording and Paper 1.5 Units in Practice Management/Business Skills Presenter: Bill Ericson - Ericson Legal Description The end of the ability of lawyers to recover party/party costs for acting for themselves: Bell Lawyers v Pentelow (2019)HCA 29. This session examines the impact of the recent High Court decision that a lawyer acting for themselves cannot in the event of success in litigation recover party/party costs for their own time spent in the litigation. It briefly examines the history of the previous rule that such costs were recoverable, and considers the impact of the decision on barristers, in house lawyers, disbursements, charging for clerk time, and incorporated practices. It also considers the commercial ramifications of the decision for recovering disputed solicitors costs.
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