SRA Handbook

Fee of lawyers of other CCBE states

Version 19 of the Handbook was published on 1 October 2017. For more information, please click "History" above.

Rule 9: Fee of lawyers of other CCBE states

9.1

If in the course of practice you instruct a lawyer of a CCBE state other than the UK you must, as a matter of professional conduct, pay the lawyer's proper fees unless the lawyer is practising as a lawyer of England and Wales; or

(a)

you have expressly disclaimed that responsibility at the outset, or at a later date you have expressly disclaimed responsibility for any fees incurred after that date;

(b)

the lawyer is an REL or is registered with the Bar of England and Wales under the Establishment Directive; or

(c)

the lawyer is an RFL based in England and Wales and practising in a firm.

9.2

If in the course of practice you instruct a business carrying on the practice of a lawyer of a CCBE state other than the UK you must, as a matter of professional conduct, pay the proper fees for the work that lawyer does, unless:

(a)

you have expressly disclaimed that responsibility at the outset, or at a later date you have expressly disclaimed responsibility for any fees incurred after that date; or

(b)

the business is a firm.

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