It was announced on Tuesday last week that the Government are disbanding the Advisory Committee on Civil Costs (ACCC). It was of course the ACCC which was responsible for the review of Guideline Hourly rates each year. The role of reviewing the guideline rates will now rest with the Civil Justice Council (CJC) formally from January next year. The CJC is expected to set up a sub committee to specifically deal with guideline rates. It is unlikely therefore that we will see any new guideline rates published imminently. This does not mean that Solicitors cannot increase their own hourly rates. Remember that the guideline rates were based on the average rates charged by the average solicitor's firm in each location. It was the Solicitors who collectively set the rates not the judiciary.