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Costs disputes before 12 December 2005
Costs disputes where client first instructs solicitor before 12 December 2005
The Legal Practice Act 1996 applies to costs disputes to the Costs Court.
If you first instructed a solicitor to act on your behalf in relation to a particular matter before 12 December 2005, and a costs agreement was signed where costs were not calculated according to a court scale (for example, if costs were charged on an hourly rate), then the Costs Court cannot assess the bill.
Time limits apply for a review of these costs.