1.This Ruling relates to a Reference filed by way of Chamber Summons application dated February 23, 2022 by the Applicant, corporate insurance Co Ltd which seeks the following orders:a.That the Honourable court be pleased to vacate and set aside in its entirety the Ruling of Honourable W. Rading, Deputy Registrar dated and delivered on the February 20, 2020 allowing the Advocate- client Bill of Costs dated April 27, 2019b.That the costs of this application be provided for.
2.The Application is supported by the grounds set out on its face and replicated in the Supporting Affidavit of Dr. Wilfred Akhonya Mutubwa sworn on February 23, 2022.
3.According to the applicant, the Ruling of the Bill of Costs in question was delivered on February 20, 2020, wherein the said Bill of Costs was allowed as drawn. The Applicant has averred that the Deputy Registrar misdirected himself by allowing the Bill of Costs as drawn instead of interrogating and taxing every item. The Applicant contends that the Deputy Registrar taxed the Bill of Costs at Kshs 503,215.20, which amount exceeded the Kshs 413,713 awarded in the judgment of the trial court which was inordinately high and unjust to the client, and therefore ought to be interfered with.
4.Also, the Applicant contends that the Deputy Registrar erred by taxing some items such as Item No. 43, 44, 47, 48, 39, 40, 52, 53, 56, 58 and 59 twice, which amounts to unjust enrichment of the Respondent . In respect to Items No. 7, 8, 30, 31, 55, 60, 66, 67, 68, 78, 89, 95, 102 and 103, the Applicant holds that the taxing officer allowed them without proof of the original receipts to verify the amounts for disbursements and travel.
5.The Applicant further states that the taxing officer allowed Items Number 1, 54, 148 and 139 which were manifestly high which was unfounded in that he applied Schedule 5 of the Advocates Remuneration Order instead of Schedule 7 thereof by ascertaining that the Advocate had complied with Paragraph 22 of the Advocates Remuneration Order.
6.It is the Applicant’s contention that the Advocate had served upon the client with a fee note dated March 11, 2013 whereby the client had made payment on March 12, 2019 and thereafter the Advocate issued the Bill of Costs in question claiming further fees. The Applicant contends that the Advocate was therefore bound by Section 45 of the Advocates Act of the agreement made to the client being the fee note dated March 11, 2013, hence the Advocate is estopped from claiming further fees. The Applicant argues that the application should be allowed as prayed.
7.Although the application was unopposed, the court is still under obligation to consider the application on its merits in view of the nature of prayers sought so as to avoid any injustice upon either party.
8.It is trite law that this court cannot interfere with the decision of the Deputy Registrar unless it was based on the wrong principles `or that the fees was manifestly excessive or low or failed to take into consideration relevant factors. This was the decision in the case of First American Bank Ltd v Shah & another  1 EA 64, where the court held that;
10.Having carefully read through the reference and grounds upon which the same is premised, this court finds that the grounds raised by the Applicant on the errors made by the Taxing Officer are substantive and indeed warrant the interference of this court. This is because the Taxing Officer was under obligation to analyze each and every item in the Bill of Costs so as to either allow it or tax it in accordance to the law. A general look at the Bill of costs, shows that it is evident that some items have been taxed twice which is an error in principle.it is only prudent and diligent that the Taxing Officer ought to have verified the items for disbursements and travel so as to arrive at a justified decision. It is the court’s view that the amount awarded was manifestly excessive, erroneous in law and principle hence the ruling delivered on February 20, 2020 ought to be set aside.
11.It is trite law that this court lacks the jurisdiction to reassess the Bill of Costs as its duty is only limited to remitting the Bill of Costs back to a Deputy Registrar for fresh taxation.
12.Therefore, the court allows the Chamber Summons dated Application February 23, 2022 as prayed as follows:-a.The ruling of the Honourable Deputy registrar dated and delivered on February 25, 2020 be and is hereby vacated and set aside.b.The Bill of Costs dated April 27, 2019 be and is hereby remitted to another Deputy Registrar for fresh taxation.c.Costs to the Applicant.It is so ordered.