Private Client Work

Court of Protection

Our Private Client Team specialises in Court of Protection matters, and has extensive experience in preparing both short form bills (for profit costs of £3,000 or less) and detailed bills for assessment; whether it is the costs of appointing a Deputy, the Deputy’s annual general management costs, or the costs of a statutory will application.

We also advise on the outcome of assessments by the Senior Courts Costs Office and whether it is worth appealing the same.

We can also advise with regard to the completion of the recently introduced form OPG105, and the calculation of the estimated costs in the next reporting period required in section 3 of the form.

  • Short form Bills
  • Detailed Bills for Assessment
  • Costs of Appointing a Deputy
  • Annual General Management Bills (which are short form or Detailed Bills)
  • Estimates of Costs with Form OPG105
  • Statutory Will Applications
  • Advising on outcomes of assessments at SCCO


We regularly prepare bills in non-contentious probate matters. Solicitors may not normally consider instructing Costs Draftsmen to cost their probate files, however we find we often achieve a higher level of profit costs than expected by solicitors who often underestimate the time they have actually spent on the file. We also prepare bills and advise on contentious probate and Inheritance Act claims, where difficulties have occurred and disputes have arisen.

  • Non-contentious Probate – Solicitor Own Client Bills
  • Contentious Probate Bills & Costs Budgets
  • Inheritance Act Claims


  • Private Divorce Costs



Leicester City Council v MPZ [2019] EWCOP 64

This was an application by the Local Authority, Leicester City Council, to determine whether or not the Protected Party lacked capacity​ under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’) to make decisions about her residence, care, contact, access to social media and the internet, to enter and surrender a tenancy and to consent to sexual relations.  […]

Maughan v Wilmot [2020] EWHC 885

This is a Judgment given by Mr Justice Mostyn on the 16th April 2020, in relation to previous Costs Orders made in October 2019 and subsequent costs being incurred in Ancillary Relief proceedings. In his Judgment, Mr Justice Mostyn stated that he had to revise his previous disposition made in his October 2019 Judgment.  This […]

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Widening the application for the electronic Bill of Costs

In a recent ACL roundtable meeting Master Gordon-Saker suggested that the natural progression for Court of Protection matters from mandatory electronic filing at the beginning of 2020 would be for Bills of Costs to be submitted in the electronic format. The current electronic Bill of Costs is currently only mandatory in Part 7 Multi-track cases […]

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