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Have you suggested he make a reduction in his bill?
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Many thanks for your patience. It is not uncommon for lawyers to charge their normal hourly rate for travel. That is because their time spent travelling could have been used doing work and generating that same amount so they should not be made to ‘lose out’ just because they are travelling during that time. The reason for the travel is as a result of your instructions and if you had not instructed them to undertake that travel, they could have instead charged their hourly rate doing other work. Therefore by engaging them in travel you are taking away that opportunity and would be expected to compensate them by paying them their normal fees for that time. It is of course possible to negotiate a reduced rate but this should have been done in advance.
There is nothing stopping you from trying to negotiate with them now and trying to come to an arrangement. If that is not possible you have a couple of options – refuse to pay and let them pursue you for it, letting the courts decide in the end what is reasonable; or you can go to the Legal Ombudsman to challenge the fees charged and let them make a decision (at least this option is all free).
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