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Court of Protection Guideline Hourly Rates – The Sequel

08 September 2021

You might remember that following the PLK judgment in October 2020, deputyship firms were finally allowed to increase their hourly rates after ten years.  As this article 'Court of Protection guideline hourly rates' explained, over those ten years the overhead costs incurred by firms doing deputyship work had risen but the amount that could be charged for that work had stayed still.  The case was brought because of concern about the sustainability of deputyship work if costs such as salaries, building costs, IT costs etc continued to rise but the hourly rates that could be charged did not. 

The PLK case allowed deputies an inflationary rise.  Unfortunately, since that case we and other firms have seen very varied application of the new rates at the Senior Court Costs Office, the organisation which assesses Deputy’s costs and decides how much they can charge. 

Quite separately from PLK, the Civil Justice Council has conducted a review of the guideline hourly rates charged by the profession.  That review has now been published and the rates have been confirmed. 

The National 2 rates, which Wrigleys’ Court of Protection Team operates, are fairly similar to the PLK rates, being slightly higher for more senior fee earners and slightly lower for more junior fee earners. 

For anyone looking at deputyship costs for the last calendar year there will be three lots of rates to take into account, as set out in the tables below:

Guideline hourly rates applicable from 2010 to 30 September 2021

Bands

A

B

C

D

London 1

£409

 

£296

£226

£138

London 2

£201

£177

£146

£111

London 3

£229 - £267

 

£172 - £229

£165

£121

National 1

£217

£192

£161

£118

National 2

£201

£177

£146

£111

 

Hourly rates decided under PLK

Bands

A

B

C

D

London 1

£490

£355

£271

£165

London 2

£380

£290

£235

£151

London 3

£275 - £320

£206 - £275

£198

£145

National 1

£260

£230

£193

£142

National 2

£241

£212

£175

£133

 

Guideline hourly rates effective from 1st October 2021

Bands

A

B

C

D

London 1

£512

£348

£270

£186

London 2

£373

£289

£244

£139

London 3

£282

£232

£185

£129

National 1

£261

£218

£178

£126

National 2

£255

£218

£177

£126

 

If you have any questions or we can assist, please contact Lynne Bradey or any other member of Wrigleys Court of Protection team on 0114 267 5588.

You can also keep up to date by following Wrigleys Court of Protection on Twitter here.

The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors. 

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Lynne Bradey

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