OUR CONSTANT GUARANTEE - YOUR BILL OF COSTS IN 7 WORKING DAYS OR LESS

About Us

DFG Legal Costs Accountants was established to meet the growing demands of Ireland's legal community for a reliable, effective and efficient legal costs provider. Whether you require us to oppose costs or to draw a party & party bills of costs and advocate on your behalf, DFG is prepared to represent your interest at all levels both before the Taxing Master and various County Registrars throughout Ireland.  

We believe it is important that all our staff are solicitors or training to become solicitors. Legal costs is a complex area and in the absence of a regulated legal costs profession it is important that your firm is represented by qualified professionals.

 

Fees

DFG offers set Fees which enables solicitors to fully advise and recover the fees for drawing a bill of costs or opposing costs directly from their client and thus takes the burden off in regards to both time and costs from a solicitors' office.  DFG Legal Costs Accountants will also work on a percentage basis of the total costs settled/awarded.  Please see our 'Drawing a Bill of Costs' and 'Opposing Costs Fees' pages for more information.

 

Service commitment

At DFG we recognise that delays increase the costs of running your practice. We are committed to providing a prompt and efficient service.

We will prepare a detailed Bill of Costs pursuant to Statute Order 99 Rule 28(5) RSC 1986 in order to maximise your recovery of costs within one month or receipt of your complete case file or within an agreed time.

We believe this guarantee can make a real difference to your practice.

 

News 

15 June 2017 -

COURT OF APPEAL OVERRULED in the case of Isabelle Sheehan (An Infant Suing by her Mother and Next Friend, Catherine Sheehan) v David Corr

 

This time last year, there was a fundamental and unwanted change in how solicitors and barristers charged fees.  The Court of Appeal in the case of Isabelle Sheehan (An Infant Suing by her Mother and Next Friend, Catherine Sheehan) v David Corr found that it was necessary for both solicitors and barristers to time record all work done and that an hourly fee taking into account the seniority and experience of the lawyer performing each item of work, the complexity of the cause of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved, the importance of the cause of the matter to the client, the value of the case and the running costs of the office.

 

As we are all aware, time recording as set out by the Court of Appeal in this judgment is totally impractical for both solicitors and barristers.

 

The requirement to assess time in this matter also caused huge difficulties and delays in the taxation process. 

 

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court which gave judgement on the 15th of June 2017.

 

The Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal finding that

  •   There is no requirement on either solicitors or barristers to maintain time records
  •   Time should not be elevated above any other methods of measuring costs
  •   The correct way to measure costs is based on the nature and extent of work done
  •   Each and every item of work does not need to be time recorded nor does there have to be a specific fee raised for such work
  •   The bill of costs as prepared by Legal Costs Accountants prior to the ruling of the Court of Appeal meets the requirements of Order 99

 

I have advised my colleagues and clients over the past ten years that it is best practice for a solicitor to prepare attendance memorandums setting out the nature and extent of work done and to note the time spent.  By this I mean that a solicitor should note, how much time was spent attending on a client, drawing a Statement of Claim, replying to a Notice to Particulars, reviewing discovery, preparing for trial, attending for hearing, etc.

 

The Supreme Court noted that such time records and attendance notes should be maintained, but that there is no requirement to do so.

 

The Taxing Master is obliged to consider time and labour when assessing the nature and extent of work done.  It is therefore to a solicitor's advantage to maintain records for specific items of work done as opposed to general time records which cannot be specifically linked to work done.

 

The result of the ruling of the Supreme Court is that the taxing costs will now dramatically speed up and the delays of the past are now entirely gone. 

 

If you would like a copy of the judgement, please feel free to send me an e-mail requesting same to ryan@dfglegalcosts.ie

 

Ryan FitzGerald

Solicitor

Managing Director

 

 

20 June 2016 - On the 10th of June 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down the landmark judgement in the case of Isabelle Sheehan (an infant suing by her mother and next friend, Catherine Sheehan) v David Corr.  Please see link: Isabelle Sheehan (An Infant Suing by her Mother and Next Friend, Catherine Sheehan) v David Corr

 

In summary, Bills of Costs must now set out a fee for each item of work claimed and that fee should primarily be based off of the time and labour spent.

 

Gone are the days where the nature and extent of work was summarised for the entire case and a fee applied. Each items of work must set out the nature and extent of what was done, by who and for how long.

 

Hourly fee rates should be set taking into account the seniority and experience of the solicitor performing each item of work, the complexity of the of the cause of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved, the importance of the cause of the matter to the client, the value of the case and the running costs of the office.

 

Bills of Costs and Invoices as prepared in the past are largely unacceptable. When defending costs these old styles of claims for costs should be rejected as they are opaque. Negotiating costs on this basis puts your client at a direct disadvantage as you cannot clearly ascertain why the fees are being claimed.

 

More than ever, the skills and experience of a Legal Costs Accountant are necessary for both drawing and advocating for costs and for defending against the costs claimed.

 

At DFG we have already implemented the drawing of the correct form of Bill of Costs so that there will be no disturbance to our client's business and finances.

 

1 May 2016 - We are running a Summer Special.  Please see our flyers which are being sent out today and over the next three months for further details.

 

24 March 2016 - Enjoy the Easter Break.  DFG will be open again on Wednesday, the 30th.

 

16 February 2016 -  We have updated our website and Fees!

 

11 January 2016 - Flat Fee Rates - DFG is the now offering fixed fees in relation to drawing, settling and taxing Judicial Review High Court Bills of Costs.

 

1 January 2016  - DFG wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

 

25 December 2015- DFG wishes everyone a Happy Christmas!  We will be closed over the Christmas Vacation and Open on the 4th of January 2016.

 

11 June 2015 - Flat Fee Rates - DFG is the first legal costs service provider to introduce flat rates for all work.  Please see our website for more details under the headings of Opposing Costs Fees and Bill of Costs Fees.

 

2 March 2015 - Summer Special - DFG will draw a Circuit Court Personal Injury Bill of Cost for €300.00 plus VAT is 7 days or less.

High Court Personal Injury Bills of Costs are drawn for €450.00 plus VAT in 7 days or less. 


1 February 2015 - DFG is offering specialised CPD classes focusing on legal costs from a Defense perspective.

 


18 June 2014 - Summer Special - DFG have reduced fees for all Plaintiff costs matters to 6% of the professional fee taxed or settled from now until the 1st of September 2014 (An additional fee of €250.00 is applicable for all matters taxed outside of Dublin).

  

17 June 2014 - DFG has been instructed by an Insurer to oppose costs in a Professional Negligence Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €50,000.00.

 

FREE CPD CLASSES - DFG are available to lecture on legal costs to any bar or professional associations, groups of solicitors/barristers or individual firms. Please contact us to arrange.

 

26 May 2014 - DFG has been instructed by a Public Body Insurer to oppose costs in a Negligence Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €95,000.00.

 

5 May 2014 - DFG welcomes Paul Johnson, solicitor, to our offices.  Paul is an experienced litigation solicitor and has now joined our Plaintiff Costs Team.

 

7 April 2014 - DFG has been instructed by a Public Body Insurer to oppose costs in a Medical Negligence Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €170,000.00.

 

2 February 2014 - DFG has been instructed by a Public Body Insurer to oppose costs in a Negligence Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €209,000.00.

 

16 December 2013 - DFG has been instructed by a Public Body Insurer to oppose costs in a Personal Injury Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €124,000.00.

 

31 October 2013 - WE HAVE MOVED - Our new address is 209 The Capel Building, St Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7 DX 200209 

 

19 September 2013 - DFG has been instructed by a Public Body Insurer to oppose costs in a Medical Negligence Case and achieved a reduction in excess of €150,000.00.

 

1 September 2013 - DFG welcomes Damien Sheridan, solicitor, to our office.  Damien is an experienced litigation solicitor and has now joined our Plaintiff Costs Team. 

 

2 January 2013 - DFG has been instructed by the Plaintiffs in a fisheries case to recover costs and achieved a sum of  €190,000.00 for the solicitors' professional fees.

 

21 May 2012 - Introductory Offer: DFG are delighted to offer new clients an introductory offer of an 8% fee on files delivered to us before 30 June 2012. 

 

17 May 2012 - Reynolds v RTE: Taxing Master Declan O'Neill cited the economic downturn and the resulting decrease in professional fees as factors in his decision reduce the Plaintiff's solicitor's instructions fee from €275,000 to €80,000. See Irish Times

 

 19 January 2011 - Bar Council CPD: DFG were invited to speak at a cpd seminar to over 100 members of the Bar Council at the new Criminal Courts Complex.  Denis McDonald SC opened the seminar with a talk on the legal aspects of the Taxation/Costs and was followed by Dermot Dempsey of DFG.

 

15 November 2010 - SYS Winter Conference: DFG were delighted to present a lecture on legal costs to the Society of Young Solicitors Winter Conference at the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway. DFG would like to thank the SYS Committee for the opportunity to address their Conference. 


DFG are available to lecture on legal costs to any bar or professional associations, groups of solicitors/barristers or individual firms. Please contact us to arrange.

 

1 September 2010 - We have moved: Our new address is Regus House, Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2.

 

1 March 2010 - Opposing a bill of costs: At DFG we are confident that our services can make a difference to you and your clients. That is why, for March, we are offering to oppose bills of costs at a professional fee of 10% of the amount by which we are successful in reducing the bill.  Why not call us to discuss.

 

1 February 2010 - Introductory Offer: DFG is offering new clients an introductory fee offer. New clients can avail of a professional fee of 9% on the first file delivered to us, 8% on the second and 7% on the third. This is alongside our constant guarantee to deliver your bill of costs within 20 working days. Contact us for further details.

 

14 January 2010 - Civil Litigation Costs Review: The judiciary of England and Wales have completed their review on civil litigation costs. Lord Justice Jackson's review, although interesting, will have little influence in Ireland as it was mainly concerned with areas such as 'No foal, no fee' and 'after the event insurance'. The full report can be downloaded here.

 

1 January 2010 - New Year Offer: DFG are delighted to announce our offer to celebrate the new year. Any file delivered to us in January 2010 will be reviewed and a bill of costs drafted within 10 working days.  This means that files delivered in January will be taxed within the first quarter of the year.

 

30 November 2009 - Civil Litigation Review: Grainne Duggan BL has published a helpful review of civil litigation between October 2008 and July 2009. The review can be downloaded from her site.

 

DFG Legal Cost Accountants 2010