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Lawyer’s Fees

The remuneration of lawyers is stipulated by the regulation of the Ministry of Justice No. 177/1996 Coll., on fees and remuneration of lawyers for their provision of legal services (the lawyer’s tariff), as amended by the regulation of the Ministry of Justice No. 484/2000 Coll., which stipulates the standard rates of the amount of remuneration for representation of a participant by the lawyer or notary in deciding on the compensation of expenses in civil court proceedings and also by the Resolution of the Board of Directors of ČAK (The Czech Bar Association) No. 1/1997 of the Bulletin AK (Bar Association) on the rules of professional ethics and the rules of competition for lawyers in the Czech Republic (rules of ethics).

For the provision of legal services the lawyer is rewarded a fee; in addition to the fee the lawyer has a right to require compensation for cash expenditures and loss of time. Other expenditures, namely those for routine administrative work, are included in the lawyer’s fee. 
The lawyer’s remuneration complies with a contract with the client (contractual fees) or, if the fee is not determined in the contract, by the provisions on the lawyer’s tariff concerning non-contractual remuneration (non-contractual fees).

In decision-making on the compensation for expenditures of civil (civil-law) proceedings pursuant to § 151 of the Code of Civil Procedure the Court of Justice will stipulate the amount of remuneration for representing the participant by the lawyer pursuant to the Order of the Ministry of Justice No. 484/2000 Coll. Such a stipulated amount of remuneration may differ from the amount stipulated pursuant to the provisions on the lawyer’s tariff concerning non-contractual remuneration or agreed between the lawyer and client. The Court of Justice may award more or less than the sum the client is obliged to pay the lawyer.

Contractual Fees

The lawyer must stipulate such contractual fees so as they are appropriate and not in evident disproportion to the value and complexity of the case.

In judging the appropriateness of contractual fees the following will be namely regarded, according to the rules of ethics, i.e. the extent of the negotiating abilities and the possibilities of the lawyer and client, the range of the client’s information about the extent of the market of legal services, the special knowledge, experience, reputation and abilities of the lawyer, the character and time duration of relations between the lawyer and client in the provision of legal services, time requirements of the client to process the affair, complexity and recency of the factual and legal issues and the probability that in consequence of the assumption of the client’s case the lawyer will have to refuse the assumption of other cases.

If the amount of the fee is appropriate, it can also be stipulated by an interest in the value of an object. The contractual remuneration with an interest in the result of a case can be stipulated only if the reasons of the particular case merit this, namely for property or social reasons, and if the remuneration is appropriate. In accordance with the guidelines of the Czech Bar Association the rules of ethics do not allow lawyers to publicize information on the amount of contractual fees required by the lawyer for the provision of legal services; this information may be provided only upon request.

Non-contractual Fees

The amount of non-contractual fees is stipulated according to the rate of the non-contractual fee per single act of a legal service and according to the number of acts of a legal service which the lawyer has executed in this case.

The rate of non-contractual fees is derived from the tariff value of an object, which is in principle the amount of pecuniary indemnity or the price of an object or right and their ancillaries at the time of the initiation of a legal service act; as a price of the right is considered both the value of a claim and liability. In special cases the lawyer’s tariff defines the tariff value differently.

The rate of non-contractual fees per single act of a legal service is set from the tariff value:

A consultation service or act, which cannot be estimated differently, is charged in principle at an hourly rate from 1,500 CZK to 2,000 CZK + VAT for every hour initiated of the legal services provided. This rate, depending on the character of a case can exceptionally be decreased; whereas in the case of the utilization of a foreign language, foreign law or a more complex case the hourly rate can be increased.
In the case of longer-term cooperation the rule is to negotiate a particular discount or tariff fee stipulated in advance.

An act of legal service, for which a non-contractual fee shall be rewarded, is e.g.:

  • an assumption and preparation of the representation or defence based on a contract on the provision of legal services;
  • subsequent consultation with the client exceeding one hour;
  • a written submission to the Court of Justice or another authority concerning the case itself;
  • a participation in the act of an administrative or another authority, a participation in negotiations at the Court of Justice or another authority, that is for every two hours initiated;
  • drawing up a legal analysis of the case;
  • negotiations with the counterparty, that is for every two hours initiated;
  • an appeal, appellate review, motion for a new trial, if necessary a complaint against the decision on a proposal to reopen the case and an opinion on it.

An act of legal service, for which a non-contractual fee at half rate shall be rewarded, is e.g.:

  • a proposal for preliminary measures, if it occurs at the initiation of the proceedings, a proposal for the provision of evidence or inheritance;
  • an appeal against the decision, if it is not a decision in the case itself, and an opinion on such an appeal;
  • if it is an act of decision, for the first consultation with the client including an assumption and preparation of the representation, for drawing up a proposal for the initiation of proceedings, an opinion on the proposals, a representation at the negotiations and drawing up an appeal against the decision;
  • a participation in the negotiation, in which only the announcement of a decision was declared.

Compensation for Cash Expenditures

The lawyer shall be rewarded compensation for cash expenditures purposefully spent in relation to the provision of a legal service, namely for court fees and other charges, travel expenses, postal charges, telecommunication charges, expert and technical opinions, translations, copies, and photocopies.

The lawyer may come to an agreement with the client on an appropriate tariff amount as compensation for all or some cash expenditures, of which the spending is presumed in relation to the provision of a legal service.

If the lawyer has not agreed with the client on another tariff amount as compensation for expenditures on local postal charges, local telephone fees and transportation expenses, this amount is 75 CZK for a single act of a legal service.

If the amount of compensation for travel expenses is not agreed differently, the amount of this compensation is stipulated by the legal regulations on travel expenses compensation.

Data on the tariff amount of costs compensation and on the amount of travel expenses compensation, if stipulated by an agreement, may be provided upon request.

Compensation for Loss of Time

The lawyer shall be rewarded compensation for time lost in relation to the provision of a legal act executed at a place, which is neither the place of business nor residence of the lawyer, for time spent on the way to that place and back; for time lost in consequence of a delay in proceedings initiated at the Court of Justice or another authority, if this delay is longer than 30 minutes.

If it is not agreed differently, the compensation is 50 CZK for every initiated half an hour.

The lawyer shall be rewarded compensation for time lost in relation to the provision of a legal service at the amount of one half of the non-contractual fee for a participation in a negotiation which was adjourned without the case being negotiated, and for an appearance at a negotiation which did not take place without the lawyer being duly notified in advance; if the negotiation was adjourned or did not take place for reasons caused by the lawyer’s client and if these reasons were known to the lawyer at least two days before the date of negotiation, he or she shall be compensated the amount of one fourth of the non-contractual fee.

Data on the amount of compensation for the loss of time, if stipulated by an agreement, may be provided upon request.


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