Costs disputes where client first instructs solicitor before 12 December 2005 

The Legal Practice Act 1996 (External link) 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.