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Fixed Fees

By SLAS Spokesperson

An Italian judge has referred a case to the Court of Justice of the European Communities for a ruling on whether a Ministerial Decree fixing binding tariffs for legal fees is contrary to the EU competition rules. If the answer is "yes" then the next question posed is whether it might be possible to have a block exemption for the legal profession. For some time the Commission has been looking at scale fees and fixed fees for professional people, but this is the first time that the question of legal fees has been raised before the ECJ.

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