Mastercigars Direct Ltd – v – Withers LLP  EWHC 2733 (Ch)
This case was a solicitor own client matter relating to billing levels, brought by the client against Withers. In June 2007, it was the decision of the SCCO that Withers were bound by an original costs estimate to Trial, prepared in May 2005, on the basis of a 4 day Trial, although the Trial actually lasted for 18 days. The decision was therefore appealed. Mr Justice Morgan said that the Solicitor’s costs estimate was a useful yardstick by which the reasonableness of the costs could be measured. Solicitors were entitled to reasonable remuneration for their services and therefore the appeal was allowed.