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Registrar’s Direction No 1 of 2017 – Indicative Hourly Legal Charges

Registrar’s Direction No 1 of 2017 – Indicative Hourly Legal Charges

March 1, 2017


Registrar’s Direction No 1 of 2017 – Indicative Hourly Legal Charges



Indicative Hourly Legal Charges


This Registrar’s Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Registrar’s Direction 1 of 2017 — Indicative Hourly Legal Charges and may be abbreviated to RD 1/2017. It replaces RD 2/2015.

Pursuant to the Rules of the DIFC Courts (RDC) there are certain circumstances in which the Courts will make an immediate or detailed assessment of costs. In order to provide a benchmark to the Courts of the average charge out rates in Dubai, a survey of law firms has been undertaken and below are the average hourly rates ascribed to varying levels of experience and seniority.

Level of Legal Experience Average Hourly Rate (AED)
Trainees up to 5 years 1762
Lawyers 6-10 years 2187
10 + years 2448
Partners 2819

These rates should be taken as a guideline when considering the rates likely to be acceptable to the Courts when assessing costs.




Mark Beer

Registrar of the DIFC Courts

Dated:    1 March 2017



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