SENIOR COURTS COSTS OFFICE
Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
| Ram Narayanasamy
|- and -
|(1) Mr Rahman Karim
(2) Ms Shanara Begum
Kamar Uddin (instructed by Cambridge Solicitors LLP) for the Defendant
Hearing date: 3 March 2020
Crown Copyright ©
"Mr Ram Narayanasamy, a solicitor/partner of this firm will carry out most of the work in this matter… We will send a final bill after completion of the work i.e. on receipt of damages and costs from your opponent… You may terminate your instructions to us in writing at any time subject to the Conditional Fee Agreement…"
"Your partnership action against Mr Gulam Khan… Any appeal by your opponent… Any appeal you make against an interim order… Any proceedings you take to enforce the judgment, order or agreement… Negotiations about and/or a court assessment of the costs of the claim".
"We are writing to tell you that, on 1st April 2013, the business of Dotcom Solicitors was converted to a Limited Company… You are unlikely to notice any change in the way we work. The same people will still be acting for you… All that is changing is that the company name is now Dotcom Solicitors Limited, but a limited company is just a different way of structuring the business and it won't affect you… On the reverse of this letter you will find further information…"
"Unless you inform us otherwise upon receipt of this letter, we will assume that you agree to your contract(s) being transferred to Dotcom Solicitors Limited with effect from 1st April 2013… Unless we inform you otherwise your contract has, or your contracts have, been assigned by Dotcom solicitors to Dotcom Solicitors Limited on 1st April 2013 and this letter is our formal notice of the assignment(s)… Your continued instructions will also be taken as your consent to the transfer of any confidential information to Dotcom Solicitors Limited, together with your files and any property or monies held on your behalf… The terms of your contract(s) will not change except that your contractual relationship will be with Dotcom Solicitors Limited… Dotcom Solicitors has assigned to Dotcom Solicitors Limited its right to be paid for work done prior to 1st April 2013. Future invoices will be issued by the company".
"I hope I don't have to further instruct you to take whatever the fair & appropriate actions to save our interest & recover all costs, because you do know my financial situations… I appreciate all your hard work and hoping to obtain all the positive result…"
"Taking instruction from you on the basis of Conditional Fee Agreement dated 25 November 2009 and preparing for the whole case and eventually succeeding in your initial application… Thereafter we are instructed to continue with the enforcement of the judgment sum and obtaining the Final Charging Order was obtained 17th June 2013… Thereafter we have no instructions in this matter despite various assurances on the costs outstanding".
"(1) Where before the expiration of one month from the delivery of a solicitor's bill an application is made by the party chargeable with the bill, the High Court shall, without requiring any sum to be paid into court, order that the bill be assessed and that no action be commenced on the bill until the assessment is completed.
(2) Where no such application is made before the expiration of the period mentioned in subsection (1), then, on an application being made by the solicitor or, subject to subsections (3) and (4), by the party chargeable with the bill, the court may on such terms, if any, as it thinks fit (not being terms as to the costs of the assessment), order—
(a) that the bill be assessed; and
(b) that no action be commenced on the bill, and that any action already commenced be stayed, until the assessment is completed."
"An action founded on simple contract shall not be brought after the expiration of six years from the date on which the cause of action accrued".
"the solicitor may abstain from delivering his bill for twenty years, and then at the end of that time he may deliver it and sue after the expiration of a month from its delivery."