1.Vide a Notice of Motion dated 4th May, 2022, brought pursuant to Section 51 of the Advocates Act, and all other enabling provisions of the law, the Applicant seeks the following reliefs:a.That the Certificate of Taxation dated 21st April, 2022 be deemed as Judgment and Decree of this Honourable Court, and Judgment accordingly be entered for the Applicant against the Respondent in the sum of Kenya Shillings Thirty One Million, Three Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-One and Fourty Cents(Kshs 31,393,271.40) with interest at 14% per annum in accordance with Rule 7 of the Advocates Remuneration Order, one (1) month from the date of demand until payment in full.b.That the costs of these proceedings be borne by the Respondent.
2.The application is premised on the grounds on the face of the Motion and supported by the Applicant/Advocate who deponed that the Respondent instructed them to act for it in the sale of L.R 209/6505, extension of lease from 17 to 99 years, change of user from single dwelling residential to mixed use and sub-division of the land into six sub-plots.
3.The Applicant deponed that upon performance of the instructions, the Respondent failed to pay his fees and a dispute ensued culminating in the filing of an Advocate-Client Bill of Costs dated 12th June, 2020 herein; that despite service of the Bill of Costs, the Respondent neither entered appearance nor appointed an advocate to act on their behalf and that on 24th March, 2022, the Bill of Costs was taxed at Kshs 31,393,271.40.
4.It is the Applicant’s case that despite demand being made, the Respondent has failed to and/or neglected to make payments and that as the Certificate of Taxation is undisputed, the Applicant desires to have the Certificate of Taxation adopted and deemed as a Decree and Judgment of the Court to enable them pursue recovery. There was no response to the application.
5.The application came up for hearing on 9th of June, 2022. Counsel for the Applicant submitted orally and urged the court to allow the application as prayed as the same had been served upon the Respondent and was un-opposed.
Analysis and Determination
6.The Applicant is seeking to have the Certificate of Taxation dated 21st April, 2022 for Kshs 31, 393,271.40 to be deemed as Judgment and Decree of this court. Despite service, no response has been rendered by the Respondent and the application is un-opposed.
7.The application is premised on Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act which stipulates as follows:
8.Similarly, the Court in Musyoka & Wambua Advocates vs Rustam Hira Advocate (2006) eKLR, persuasively expressed itself thus;
9.The procedure provided in section 51(2) of the Advocates Act provides for the expeditious disposal of cases relating to recovery of advocate-client costs as long as: (1) the costs have been taxed by and certified under the hand of the taxing master by a Certificate of Costs; (2) the Certificate of Costs has not been set aside or stayed or appealed against on a reference filed upon it; and (3) there is no dispute on retainer.
10.The Court has considered the record and finds that a Certificate of Taxation was issued by this court on 21st April, 2022 in respect of the Advocate-Client Bill of Costs of 12th June, 2020 taxed on 24th March, 2022 for the sum of Kshs 31, 393, 271.40. The Court also finds that the Respondent was properly served with the application and has not disputed the Certificate of Taxation. Consequently, the only order which commends itself to this court is to adopt the Certificate of Taxation dated 21st April, 2022 as a Judgment of this court in favour of the Applicant for the amount of Kshs 31,393, 271.40.
11.As regards the issue of interest, the Applicant has claimed for interest on the taxed amount at the rate of 14% per annum. Rule 7 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order is instructive and provides that;
12.The Court of Appeal in Machira & Co. Advocates vs Arthur K. Magugu & another  eKLR, while considering the import of Rule 7 aforesaid held that;
13.I have perused the Bill of Costs dated 12th June 2020 filed by the Applicant and have not found any evidence to show that the Applicant notified the Respondent that they would seek interest before pursuant to the provisions of Rule 7 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order. As such, they are not entitled to the same.
14.On the issue of costs, Courts have the ultimate discretion. This is expressed in Section 27 of the Civil Procedure Act which provides as follows;
15.Taking into account the circumstances of the case and in particular noting that the application has not been opposed, the Court holds that each party should bear its own costs of the proceedings.
16.The upshot of this is that the Notice of Motion Application dated 4th May, 2022 partly succeeds and is allowed in the following terms;
a.The Certificate of Taxation issued to the Applicant, as against the Respondent dated 21st April, 2022 is hereby converted into a Judgment and Decree of this court and consequently, a Judgment is entered for the Applicant against the Respondent, for the sum of Kshs 31,393,271.40 together with interest thereon at court rates from the date of this Ruling until payment in full.b.Each party to bear its own costs of the application.