GUIDANCE ON SOLICITORS FEES

Guideline hourly rates

These are the guideline rates in effect from 2010. Find out previous guideline rates for 1999–2009.

London grades

National grade 1

Covers the following areas:

  • Aldershot, Farnham, Bournemouth (incl Poole)
  • Birmingham Inner
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge City, Harlow
  • Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway, Tunbridge Wells
  • Cardiff (Inner)
  • Chelmsford South, Essex, East Suffolk
  • Fareham, Winchester
  • Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight
  • Kingston, Guildford, Reigate, Epsom
  • Leeds Inner (within 2km of City Art Gallery)
  • Lewes
  • Liverpool, Birkenhead
  • Manchester Central
  • Newcastle – City Centre (within 2m of St Nicholas Cathedral)
  • Norwich City
  • Nottingham City
  • Oxford, Thames Valley
  • Southampton, Portsmouth
  • Swindon, Basingstoke
  • Watford

National grade 2

Covers the following areas:

  • Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Yeovil
  • Bury
  • Chelmsford North, Cambridge County, Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds, Norfolk, Lowestoft
  • Chester, North Wales
  • Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stratford, Warwick
  • Exeter, Plymouth
  • Hull (City)
  • Leeds Outer, Wakefield, Pontefract
  • Leigh
  • Lincoln
  • Luton, Bedford, St Albans, Hitchin, Hertford
  • Manchester Outer, Oldham, Bolton, Tameside
  • Newcastle (other than City Centre)
  • Nottingham, Derbyshire
  • Sheffield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Southport
  • St Helens
  • Stockport, Altrincham, Salford
  • Swansea, Newport, Cardiff (Outer)
  • Wigan
  • Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Stourbridge
  • York, Harrogate

National grade 3

Covers the following areas:

  • Birmingham Outer
  • Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Skipton
  • Cumbria
  • Devon, Cornwall
  • Grimsby, Skegness
  • Hull Outer
  • Kidderminster
  • Northampton, Leicester
  • Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rawenstall, Nelson
  • Scarborough, Ripon
  • Stafford, Stoke, Tamworth
  • Teesside
  • Worcester, Hereford, Evesham, Redditch
  • Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Oswestry
  • South and West Wales

National grades: A–Z by area

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