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I got a costs order in my favour in the Magistrate’s Court on a Party and Party scale. I consulted with the Client the day before the trial for three hours to prepare her for direct examination and cross-examination. I then prepared for trial in the afternoon. When I submited the bill the first item, being the consultation, was lopped off as it came under “preparing for trial”. Was the Taxing Master correct?

~ Greg Marsh I respectfully submit that the Taxing Master is wrong. The fee due to an Attorney for preparation is in respect of him/her preparing to PRESENT argument by researching the Law where necessary, re-aufeing himself with the facts of the matter etc. Similar to what a Counsel will do. Time spent with a Client or Witness has a totally different purpose i.e to prepare THAT person, with no legal knowledge of Court procedure, to GIVE evidence.