A long-awaited review into the solicitors’ guideline hourly rates is underway following mounting pressure from lawyers and judges, but increases are not guaranteed.

This development has emerged following publication of the minutes of a meeting of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee held last month.

The Master of the Rolls is responsible for reviews of the rates which form the baseline figures for the summary assessment of lawyers’ costs

The minutes of the meeting reveal that a sub-committee of the Civil Justice Council has been established, with the agreement of the Master of the Rolls, to review the guideline hourly rates.

The sub-committee will report directly to appeal court judge Lord Justice C...

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