2021 Guideline Hourly Rates - written by Shamas Alexander - 22/11/2021

2021 Guideline Hourly Rates



London 1

London 2

London 3

National 1

National 2

Grade A

Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience






Grade B

Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience






Grade C

Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience






Grade D

Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners










London 1

(very heavy commercial and corporate work by centrally based London firms) - This is not restricted to any particular London postcode


London 2

City & Central London – other work

EC1-EC4, W1, WC1, WC2 and SW1

London 3

Outer London

All other London Boroughs,
plus Dartford & Gravesend

National 1

The counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire (& Isle of Wight), Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Suffolk, Surrey and Wiltshire.  Birkenhead, Birmingham Inner, Bristol, Cambridge City, Cardiff Inner, Leeds Inner (within 2km of City Art Gallery), Liverpool, Manchester Central, Newcastle City Centre (within 2m of St Nicholas Cathedral), Norwich City and Nottingham City.

National 2

All places not included in London 1-3 and National 1

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