The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) closely monitors costs claimed by solicitors appointed by the Court of Protection as a professional deputy for a person's property and financial affairs, or their personal welfare.
There are various categories of fixed costs set out in Practice Direction 19B which supplements Part 19 of the Court of Protection Rules 2017. There are however circumstances where fixed costs are not appropriate and a professional deputy can submit a bill of costs for general management work to the Senior Court Costs Office for assessment. Where the costs claimed are under £3,000 excluding VAT and disbursements a short form bill is used however a detailed bill of costs is required where costs exceed that figure.
We can advise solicitors appointed as professional deputies on the costs that will be recoverable and deal with the preparation of short form and detailed bills. We have experience of dealing straightforward cases and also more complex cases such as those where the protected person has died and the professional deputy's claim for costs is disputed by beneficiaries of the deceased's estate.
Our experienced team of Law Costs experts are here to help.