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When assessing the reasonableness of Counsel’s fees, can the courts look at the other
side’s fee as a guide?
Simpsons Motor Sales (London)Ltd -v- Hendon Corporation  3 All ER 833
The court might consider the opponent’s brief fee but such a comparison is not always
a definitive guide.
Hornsby -v- Clarke Kenneth Leventhall  4 All ER 567
The Court considered that the other side’s fees paid to Counsel was “certainly a
factor of weight”. However, “... there is no exact figure that can be said to represent
the proper fee... it is not a sound principle of taxation to treat the fee paid by
the other company as the appropriate yardstick”.