The newspaper Delovoy Peterburg summed up the results of the 20th ranking of lawyers. Pavel Balyuk lawyer of the law firm Legal Studio (already having the title of lawyer in autumn 2016) took the third place with a case for recovery of court expenses.
In the arbitration process, under contractual agreements in favor of our client, a penalty in the amount of 521,240 rubles was collected. Due to the complexity and lengthy process (14 court sessions), examination and appeal, the cost of the services rendered by our firm amounted to 560 520 rubles. We filed an application for recovery of court expenses. Services were paid on the basis of a report on actual labor costs, in connection with which, in the first hearing, the court requested a justification for the reasonableness of hourly rates and confirmation of the hours spent on each action from the report.
To confirm the reasonableness of the hourly rates, we sent inquiries to several legal companies that provided their hourly rates. We express our gratitude to colleagues who helped us at that moment.
Our company uses the electronic platform Pyrus, which allows you to track the execution of orders and take into account the time worked. To confirm the time, we prepared printouts from the electronic platform. In addition, they submitted an official letter from the developers, according to which their task book does not provide for the possibility of editing records and their creation by an arbitrary date.
Based on the evidence, the court found the hourly rates to be reasonable and reasonable, and the actions indicated in the report are confirmed and do not cause doubts. As a result, on March 28, 2017, court expenses in the amount of 503 022 rubles were collected in favor of our client, which amounted to 90% of the initial claims.