I had a high court case which settled out of court. The high court ordered that the defendant do pay to the plaintiff the costs of the said proceedings to be taxed in default of agreement. I have learned today that there has been no agreement with the costs....and that my solicitor is now engaging a legal cost accountant to proceed to taxation. Am I as the plaintiff liable for the costs of this? If there is a shortfall - do I have to pay this to the solicitor. I have not yet received a client/solicitor bill although the solicitor retained a percent of my award to cover same. If I think all his fees are excessive - what can I do (both party to party and client to solicitor). There was admission of liability by the defendant a few weeks before the trial date. The cost that my solicitor is seeking from the other party are almost 300,000 euros.
Am really confused with this cost of taxation re: party to party. Are you saying that if the bill is reduced by more than one sixth by the taxing master, then i am liable for the cost of going to taxation? Do both parties have to agree to the figure that the taxing master determines is a fair fee? How much would be the cost of this process? If my solicitor does not agree to bear the costs of this if the figure is reduced by more than one sixth..can I do anything? Can I refer the party to party fees to the law society as I think they are excessive?
I have not yet received a bill for client solicitor fees? This case was settled in December 2012? Should I have received it yet ?
Thanking you for your responses. I take it that at most i could be liable for taxing costs...and not the difference if the party to party costs are reduced by the taxing master. As you can appreciate this is all new to me....so i welcome your expert advice to gain some insight into the whole process which has never been explained to me.
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