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The costs of indulgence by a party

It inevitably happens often in an action that a party may need to seek indulgence and due to various reasons. As happens often, especially in RAF claims, after the opinions of experts have been obtained, an amendment to the claim becomes necessary. The opposite, though rarely, also happens where a party at a later stage […]

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Pre-Litigation Costs

Pre – litigation costs are in principle incidental to the proceedings and, depending on the circumstances, may be justifiably claimed in a party and party bill of cost. Parties to litigation face the quandary of assessing the merits, quantum and costs of their cases in advance. Appropriate assessment of these may lead to necessary activities […]

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Legal costs in insolvencies

The question that always arises in Insolvencies is : What scale to be applied. Is it Party and Party or Attorney and Client? It has been held that the Party and Party basis is wholly inappropriate as a basis upon which to tax the costs of an Insolvency and that the proper basis is an […]

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Perusal and local practices

“The act of perusing or considering a document or letter should be held to mean the application of a trained legal mind to the contents of the document in question.” – Thornycroft Cartage Co v Beier & Co (Pty) Ltd & Another 1962 (3) SA 26 (N) “The fee for perusing is for the professional consideration […]

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Divorce – The Rule 43 Banana Skin

As many Attorneys may be aware, the sometimes unavoidable Rule 43 proceedings that follow matrimonial proceedings can easily take up more of the Attorney and Counsel’s time than the actual divorce case itself. To add salt to the wound, the costs of conducting Rule 43 proceedings almost always exceed those of the divorce proceedings by […]

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