Law office S&K Vertical obtained the biggest sum in the North West region as a reimbursement of attorney fees
25 March 2013
The law office S&K Vertical obtained the biggest sum in the North West region as a reimbursement of attorney fees, to be paid by a defeated party to arbitration proceedings. The sum to be reimbursed subject to the judgement by the Arbitration court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region exceeds 6.5 million rubles.
Recently, the Arbitration court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region published its decision related to case no. А56-50275/2011, obliging OAO Promsvyazbank to reimburse the claimant for attorney fees at a rate of 6,610,000 rubles.
According to press service of S&K Vertical, the case itself is also biggest dispute concerned with an illegal way to execute a letter of credit (The bank has written an amount off the account without duly verifying the document). After losing the lawsuit in April, 2012, the bank appealed the decision to collect 126 million rubles in favor of OOO Ofset, having unsuccessfully turned to cassation court, which delivered their judgement in October, 2012.
As early as in January, 2013, OOO Ofset filed an application with the arbitration court, aimed to collect their court costs at the rate of 13 220 000 rubles. To substantiate their demands, the claimant provided the contract for legal services dated 03.08.2011, signed by and between OOO Ofset and the law firm S&K Vertical; by the additional agreement to the said contract, the Parties agreed for the cost of legal services in an amount of 11,120,000 rubles. The claimant has also provided the work completion certificate dated 27.08.2012 with indication of cost of works 13,220,000 rubles and payment orders as a confirmation of payment for legal services, at the same rate. Besides, the applicant provided a price-list for legal services rendered in the applicable market.
The attorney of the Promsvyazbank, in turn, objected to the claim, referring to overrated amount of court costs. To substantiate his arguments related to exorbitance of the claimed court costs, he provided price-lists for legal services rendered by law firms “Edikt”, “Factum”, etc.
As a result, the court decided to collect 6,610,000 rubles from the defendant in favor of the claimant, given the time necessary to prepare case materials for judicial proceedings which the claimant’s counsel could possibly spend, the amount of case materials prepared by attorneys; duration of trial in the first instance, appellate and cassation courts; number of meetings attended by attorneys.