March 01, 2017 Registrar Directions
Registrar’s Direction No 1 of 2017 – Indicative Hourly Legal Charges
THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COURTS
REGISTRAR’S DIRECTION NO 1 OF 2017
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|
These rates should be taken as a guideline when considering the rates likely to be acceptable to the Courts when assessing costs.
Registrar of the DIFC Courts
Dated: 1 March 2017