Registrar’s Direction No 2 of 2015 – Indicative Hourly Legal Charges

THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COURTS

REGISTRAR’S DIRECTION NO 2 OF 2015

Indicative Hourly Legal Charges

Citation

This Registrar’s Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Registrar’s Direction 2 of 2015 — Indicative Hourly Legal Charges and may be abbreviated to RD 2/2015. It replaces RD 1/2014.

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 1398
Lawyers 6-10 years 1994
10 + years 2338
Partners 2800

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

Mark Beer

Registrar of the DIFC Courts

Dated:    13 August 2015