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Rule 15: Costs



Where an applicant intends to or has already instituted proceedings for recovery of his loss and wishes to apply for a grant in respect of the costs of the proceedings, the SRA will only consider such costs where:


they can be shown to be proportionate to the loss and the amount likely to be recovered; or


the proceedings were necessary for the making of an application to the Fund.



Where a grant is made, the SRA may consider an application for a further grant in respect of the reasonable costs properly incurred by the applicant with either his solicitor or other professional adviser, provided that such costs were incurred wholly, necessarily and exclusively in connection with the preparation, submission and proof of the application.

Costs where the defaulting practitioner has failed to complete work


If the defaulting practitioner did not complete the work for which he was paid, a failure to account shall be deemed to have arisen within the meaning of rule 3.3(b) of these rules. In such circumstances, the SRA may consider making a grant in respect of the additional reasonable legal costs incurred by the applicant in completing the outstanding work or a grant by way of contribution towards those costs.