Costs committee

Survey on GHR

The survey and call for evidence for the GHR closed on Thursday, 12 December 2013. The Committee is grateful to all those law firms who responded. Read the speech:

Costs Committee first meeting

16 April 2013
The Costs Committee met for the first time and a synopsis of its first meeting can be found on the right of this page. Following the meeting, the Committee’s Chairman, Mr Justice Foskett wrote to the Master of the Rolls to clarify some early issues arising from the discussion, and that letter and Lord Dyson’s reply can also be found on the right of this page.

Draft Terms of Reference

  • To conduct a comprehensive, evidence-based review the nature of the Guideline Hourly Rates (GHR) and to make recommendations accordingly to the Master of the Rolls by January 2014;
  • On an annual basis to review the GHR and make recommendations to the Master of the Rolls regarding how they need to be updated; and
  • To monitor the operation of the costs rules, in consultation with the Ministry of Justice, and where appropriate, to make recommendations.


List of members:

  • Mr Justice Foskett Chairman
  • Peter Hurst, Senior Costs Judge Deputy Chairman
  • Simon Browne QC
  • Helen Buczynsky
  • Peter Causton
  • David Greene
  • Murray Heining
  • HH Judge David Hodge
  • Adrian Jaggard
  • David Marshall
  • DJ Marshall Phillips
  • Philip Sherwood
  • Chris Warner
  • John Windsor
  • Robert Wright

Professors Paul Fenn and Neil Rickman attend meetings of the Committee by invitation and as advisers