Reimbursement of Legal Costs

The Russian Arbitration court has taken a landmark decision in respect of reimbursement of the attorney’s fees. The full text of the court decision is available here. Although the Russian law allows a winner to claim reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees, up to date the court usually admitted “reasonable” much smaller amounts than those actually incurred and claimed by the winner. The recent case can become a turning point since the winner managed to prove the reasonableness of the amount of more than 1 million US dollars as reimbursement of the attorney’s fees. It is also remarkable that this amount is mainly a contingency fee, and the winner managed to justify its application before the court, which is unusual for the practice of the Russian courts.