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Disputed Solicitor and Client Accounts

When the party paying, whether client or third party, wishes the solicitor’s account to be taxed, the solicitor cannot refuse to agree to the reference. If there is a written fee charging agreement, the Auditor is bound to accept the rates set out there. The solicitor must, as soon as practicable, submit the file and all relevant information, including a note of fee or detailed account, to the Auditor. The Auditor will determine the procedure to be followed. If either party wishes to make written submissions, the Auditor will ensure that each party is fully aware of the other’s representations.  Parties may also make oral submissions before the Auditor at a formal Diet of Taxation.