New Guideline Hourly Rates from October 1st 2021

New Guideline Hourly Rates from 1 October 2021

Legal professionals must be aware that there are new Guideline Hourly Rates to be used from 1 October 2021. This is the first uplift for 11 years!

The new rates are as follows:-

Guideline hourly rates

Grade Fee earner London 1 London 2 London 3 National 1 National 2
A Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience £512 £373 £282 £261 £255
B Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience £348 £289 £232 £218 £218
C Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience £270 £244 £185 £178 £177
D Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners £186 £139 £129 £126 £126


The rates have increased by approximately 20% which is welcome news.

A new Guide to accompany the rates can be found here:-

Guide to the Summary Assessment of Costs 2021 (final) (

In addition to the new rates at Appendix 2, the Guide provides an extremely helpful summary of the key principles underlying the assessment of costs which is certainly worth a read.

If you require any further information about this article please contact Solicitor Catherine Burgess at