SCALE OF FEES AS ADOPTED AT THE MID-YEAR REVIEW CONFERENCE ON 9TH APRIL, 2015 AT LA PALM ROYAL BEACH HOTEL IN ACCRA
 



 
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  1. Brief fees for District Courts
Brief fees for District Courts should not exceed 50% of the brief fees charged in the High Court and Circuit Court.

  1. Refresher Fees
Where litigation stretches over an unreasonably long period, there should be renegotiation on refresher fees after every year provided that the delay should not be traced to the default or inaction of the lawyer. However, where hourly rates apply, there shall be no need for refreshing or renegotiating fees save the review of the hourly rates.
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H. Brief Fees for Appeals
Civil Appeals
High Court -15% of value of subject matter or if no value then GH¢45,000 – GH¢90,000
Court of Appeal-15% of value or if no value GH¢60,000 – GH¢150,000
Supreme Court - 15% of value or if no value GH¢150,000 – GH¢300,000
Review Application- 20% of value of if no value GH¢75,000 – GH¢150,000

Criminal Appeals
High court - GH¢30,000 – GH¢75,000
Court of Appeal - GH¢75,000 – GH¢120,000
Supreme Court- GH¢75,000 – GH¢150,000
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  1. Brief Fees in the Circuit & High Courts
The following brief fees shall be charged for cases falling under these headings:
a) Land Litigation – 10% - 20% of the value of the land or hourly rates would apply if the work involved exceeds the 20% value of the land.
b) Labour Litigation – 10% - 20% of the total award or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates exceed 20% of the claim.
c) Human Rights Litigation - GH¢6,000- GH¢30,000 or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates involved exceed GH¢30,000.
d) Estate Litigation - 5%-20% of the total value of the estate or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates involved exceed the 20% value of the estate.
e) Maritime Litigation - Ghana Cedi equivalent of US$30,000-US$70,000 or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates involved exceed US$70,000.
f) Aviation Litigation - Ghana Cedi equivalent of US$30,000-US$70,000 or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates involved exceed US$70,000.
g) Libel Litigation - GH¢15,000 to GH¢30,000 or hourly rates would apply if the hourly rates involved exceed GH¢30,000.
h) Landlord and Tenant Litigation - 5% to 15% of value of claim or hourly rates would apply where there is no value or if hourly rates involved exceed 15% of the claim
i) Matrimonial Causes
j) Adoption Ghana Cedi equivalent of US$2000 –US$4,000.
k) Debt Recovery Litigation 10%-25% of value of amount.
l) Company Litigation
m) Insolvency Litigation GH¢5,000 minimum
n) Insurance Litigation – 15% - 25% of the claim or hourly rates would apply if the hours involved exceed 25% of the claim.
n) Insurance Litigation – 15% - 25% of the claim or hourly rates would apply if the hours involved exceed 25% of the claim.
o) Legal Representation Before Statutory Bodies
Representation of clients at the Labour Commission, CHRAJ, Regional House of Chiefs, Quasi-Judicial Bodies and Committees of Inquiry will attract the same rates as brief fees in High Court.
Representation of clients at the National House of Chiefs will attract the same rates as Civil Appeals in the Court of Appeal
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p) Criminal Trials
- Bail Application – GH¢2,500 – GH¢15,000
- Misdemeanor Trials – GH¢15,000 – GH¢30,000
- Felony Trials – GH¢30,000 – GH¢60,000
- Indictable Trials – GH¢20,000 – GH¢150,000
 
q) Criminal Watching Briefs – GH¢10,000 – GH¢30,000
Provided that in all cases under Sections p and q above, hourly rates will be applied where the hours involved exceed the maximum fee

D. Out-of-Pocket Expenses

These are incidentals, costs and out of pocket expenses incurred in the provision of legal services on behalf of the Client and should be discussed at the start of the engagement. They may include filing fees, stamping of documents, swearing of affidavits, service of processes, telephone, fax, e-mail, photocopying, printing and binding, courier services, transportation and accommodation, preparation of appeal records, execution of judgments and notarization among others. These shall be billed for separately and paid by the client. A deposit should be paid on account by the client before commencement of work. Out-of-pocket expenses should be billed be at cost because expenses are not profit items.

 

G. Refresher Fees

Where litigation stretches over an unreasonably long period, there should be renegotiation on refresher fees after every year provided that the delay should not be traced to the default or inaction of the lawyer. However, where hourly rates apply, there shall be no need for refreshing or renegotiating fees save the review of the hourly rates.

 

Q. Compensation Claims

Where the lawyer negotiates compensation claims for property, land, et cetera, acquired by government, the fees shall not exceed 15% of the total compensation paid.

 

Value Added Tax:
All Legal Fees are exclusive of VAT & NHIL  of 17.5%. The rate of the VAT tax currently is 15% of fees charged and the NHIL is 2.5% of fees charged.

 

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